The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography by Greg Sorbara

The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography

byGreg Sorbara

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2015 Speaker's Book Award - Shortlisted

Greg Sorbara presents a front-row seat to some of the most significant changes in Ontario politics.

Greg Sorbara has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any Ontario politician, and in two different Liberal administrations. He was appointed minister of finance by Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003, and served as campaign chair for the Liberals' three consecutive election victories - the first time that had happened in more than a century.



First elected in 1985, Sorbara was also in the cabinet of Premier David Peterson - the first Liberal leader elected in Ontario in forty-two years. Through his quarter-century of public life in the province, Sorbara had an enviable record of introducing new policies to help Ontarians, while having the guts to raise taxes to pay for those programs. A reinvigorated health-care system, the Ontario Child Benefit, and a subway to York University all have Sorbara's fingerprints on them.



In Greg Sorbara: The Battlefield of Ontario Politics, the author brings you into the back rooms of the Ontario Liberal Party as some of the most significant changes in Ontario's political history are made. He also gives readers an insider's view of his party's election strategies and dispels the myths surrounding the controversial gas plants cancellations.

About The Author

Greg Sorbara served in two Liberal administrations and was Ontario's minister of finance from 2003 to 2007. He most recently represented the riding of Vaughan as a member of the legislative assembly of Ontario until his retirement in 2012. He is currently the chancellor of York University. He and his wife, Kate, live in Richmond Hill, ...
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Title:The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An AutobiographyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.54 inPublished:November 1, 2014Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1459724615

ISBN - 13:9781459724617

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - 11
Preface - 13
Introduction - 15
1: From the Foot of Italy to the Steps of Queen's Park - 20
2: The Peterson Years - 31
3: The 1992 Leadership - 47
4: Back with a Vengeance - 63
5: Choosing Change: The 2003 Election - 75
6: A Finance Minister's Treasury - 89
7: Cleared! A Return to Cabinet - 109
8: Politics and the HST - 120
9: A Major Minority: The 2011 Election - 129
10: Departures - 153
11: The Truth About Gas Plants - 167
12: Premier Kathleen Wynne - 175
13: What's Ahead - 192
Appendix 1: Who Does the Real Work? - 200
Appendix 2: List of Staff Members - 209
Appendix 3: A Letter from My Father - 214
Index - 215

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[An] insightful book from one of modern Ontario's most influential figures. It provides deep insight and personal reflections on both the policy process and the real world of politics [and] from a man who has shaped the evolution of Ontario as much as anyone in the past three decades. - Matthew Mendelsohn, Director of the Mowat Centre at the School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto