The Dumbing Of Canadian Democracy: The Fall Of Responsible Government by Peter BoerThe Dumbing Of Canadian Democracy: The Fall Of Responsible Government by Peter Boer

The Dumbing Of Canadian Democracy: The Fall Of Responsible Government

byPeter Boer

Paperback | April 1, 2015

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Political scandals abound in our country, no digging required. The windowsill of responsible government in Canada has become grimy with the dirt of recent lies and antics:. The Conservatives have run roughshod over Parliament with their use of massive omnibus bills that include many smaller, unrelated pieces of legislation crammed into one bill, making it difficult for MPs to give each part the attention it deserves. With its majority in Parliament, the Conservative government has essentially dismantled the system of multiparty committees that report back to the House on issues, preferring instead to consult only a select few with no comprehensive study. Despite promises of Senate reform and fiscal accountability, the RCMP have charged Conservative senators Mike Duffy, Patrick Brazeau and others for fraud and breach of trust after four senators used Senate coffers as a money tree for their activities. The cost to replace Canada's aging CF-18 fighter jets with F-35 Lightning II stealth aircraft has ballooned from $16 billion to $45 billion, and the F-35s are still in development. The revelation of Julie Couillard's history of past ties to the Hells Angels and her intimate relations with Maxime Bernier heated up the political scene when it was discovered that he left classified documents in her home, prompting his resignation as foreign affairs minister . In 2008, rather than lose a vote of non-confidence and face voters after tabling an unpopular fiscal update, Harper convinced the Governor General to prorogue Parliament.
Award-winning and bestselling author Peter Boer has a background in journalism having served as co-editor and reporter for the St. Albert Gazette. Peter is a graduate of the journalism program at Concordia University in Montreal, and he has a degree in psychology from the University of Alberta. He has a dozen other books to his credit ...
Title:The Dumbing Of Canadian Democracy: The Fall Of Responsible GovernmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:280 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 0.8 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Folklore PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926677927

ISBN - 13:9781926677927


Rated 4 out of 5 by from good overview, if a bit dry I always get a kick out of books written by investigative reporters. Whatever their personal biases are, it becomes secondary to the facts. Judging from this book, Mr. Boer is a decent investigative reporter. This is a good book for an overview of some of the many scandals plaguing the Conservative Party of Canada. What you won't find here are wild ultra-partisan rhetoric or hyperbole. This is good for reasoned discussion, but makes for a somewhat dry tome. Recommended for anyone interested in recent Canadian politics.
Date published: 2015-04-13

Editorial Reviews

"All Canadians, interested in promoting peace, order and good and responsible government would do well by studying the effect and consequences of not restoring accountability to Canadian democracy. Boer's analysis is clear, well researched and devastating."