The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper And Canada, 2006-

Hardcover | October 22, 2013

byPaul Wells

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WINNER 2014 – Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction

The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in power by this country’s most trenchant, influential and surprising political commentator.
 
Oh, he won, but he won’t last. Oh, he may win again but he won’t get a majority. Oh, his trick bag is emptying fast, the ads are backfiring, the people are onto him, and soon his own party will turn on him. And let me tell you, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy . . .

Despite a constant barrage of outrage and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his way to becoming one of Canada’s most significant prime ministers. He has already been in power longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. By 2015, and the end of this majority term, he’ll have caught up to Brian Mulroney. No matter the ups and downs, the triumphs and the self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been moving to build the Canada he wants—the Canada a significant proportion of Canadian voters want or they wouldn’t have elected him three times. As Wells writes, “He could not win elections without widespread support in the land. . . . Which suggests that Harper has what every successful federal leader has needed to survive over a long stretch of time: a superior understanding of Canada.”

In The Longer I’m Prime Minister, Paul Wells explores just what Harper’s understanding of Canada is, and who he speaks for in the national conversation. He explains Harper not only to Harper supporters but also to readers who can’t believe he is still Canada’s prime minister. In this authoritative, engaging and sometimes deeply critical account of the man, Paul Wells also brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy: “glorious, a little dented, and free.”

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WINNER 2014 – Ottawa Book Award for Non-FictionThe definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in power by this country’s most trenchant, influential and surprising political commentator. Oh, he won, but he won’t last. Oh, he may win again but he won’t get a majority. Oh, his trick bag is emptying fast, the ads are backfiring, the people are...

PAUL WELLS, political editor of Maclean's magazine, has reinvigorated Canadian political writing for more than a decade. His career began in Montreal at The Gazette in 1989; in 1997 he became The Gazette's national affairs columnist, then moved to the National Post for its launch in 1998. In 2003, he joined Maclean's, where he has won ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.24 × 6.24 × 1.35 inPublished:October 22, 2013Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780307361325

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sure if saddened or impressed This book is more a collection of quotes and anecdotes than a political science book, but it reads well and seems to give a good sense of who Stephen Harper is. There's a lot of cynicism in our government, and it seems to work.
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Longer I'm Prime Minister ... A great read from cover to cover. Fascinating insights into the underbelly of Canadian politics and the measures winners have to take to win.
Date published: 2013-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Longer I'm Prime Minister An excellent and entertaining account of Harper in office.
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Instructive, balanced, and funny. Instructive, balanced, and funny. Stories we have known from the news about Harper, the conservative movement, and their oponents are illustrated with background insight and contextualization. It is erudite. Paul Wells has done his homework with reading and interviews; yet it is not dry and scholarly. The portrayal of Harper is likely insufficiently laudatory for fans, and inadequately condemnatory for opponents. In my opinion the portrayal is journalistic and fair. Sometimes hilarious. I laughed out loud every few pages for most of the book. There are some more plodding sections but this is a book, after all, about politics.
Date published: 2013-11-18

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NATIONAL BESTSELLERFINALIST 2014 – Ottawa Book Awards—Non-Fiction WINNER 2014 – Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political WritingWINNER 2014 – John W. Dafoe Book Prize “Veteran political columnist Paul Wells has crafted a fast-paced, romping great read about a Prime Minister who is frequently described by the Parliamentary Press Gallery as dull, plodding, and inscrutable. Though viscerally funny and often biting, this book is never partisan or unfair. Impeccably researched, gorgeously written, and deeply insightful, The Longer I’m Prime Minister is an essential read for all political junkies.” —Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Jury citation “Thoroughly absorbing and intensely readable.” —Robert Collison, Toronto Star  “A lively new book about the secrets of Harper’s survival and success.” —CNN Opinion  “Throughout, Wells gets the politicking and electioneering down perfectly. His signature casual prose style, interspersed with more than a few genuine laughs, makes reading more than 400 pages of bumpy Canadian politics a breeze.” —Quill & Quire  “One of the most readable and thorough accounts of a man on a mission to change Canada forever…. [The Longer I’m Prime Minister is] a political book that should be read by every Canadian with a shred of political awareness…. Wells goes well beyond the dime-a-dozen political theories that line the nation’s bookshelves and offers rare glimpses of the man behind the myths to the point of (gasp) humanizing him.” —James Baxter, Policy Magazine  “A fascinating, must-read book…. With detailed accounts from his trove of sources, Well describes a period of politics in a style that is at times hilarious, often biting and always informative…. Wells does an important service…. The book is also an excellent play-by-play chronicle of the last 7 years in Canadian politics.” —Policy Options