Tragedy In The Commons: Former Members Of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy

byAlison Loat, Michael Macmillan

Paperback | March 3, 2015

Tragedy In The Commons: Former Members Of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing Democracy by Alison Loat
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The founders of influential think tank Samara ask former members of Parliament what has gone wrong with our democracy, and how it can be fixed.
     Talk to any Canadian about politics and you'll hear little but frustration and bewilderment. Canadians don't see their politicians working for them; all they see is grandstanding in the House of Commons and MPs pursuing their own agendas. These same MPs make critical choices about how we live together and how our country will function in the future. But even with so much at stake, citizens are increasingly apathetic about traditional politics. How did one of the world's most functional democracies go so wrong?
     In Tragedy in the Commons, Samara founders Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan provide an unprecedented look behind the curtain of Canadian politics. Based on their exit interviews with 80 retired MPs, they share surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada: the accidental arrival of many in political life; the conflicting demands of the MPs' jobs; and the role of the political party in an MP's life.
     In this timely and controversial book, Loat and MacMillan reveal the challenges facing Canadian democracy today. Using the MPs' own voices, confused and contradictory as they sometimes are, Loat and MacMillan outline concrete steps to improve our politics--from the inside out.
ALISON LOAT is a regular commentator on Canadian politics, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a former consultant with McKinsey & Company. For her work as a co-founder of Canada25 she was chosen as one of Canada's Top 25 under 30 by Maclean's and received the Public Policy Forum Young Leaders Award. She is a...
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Title:Tragedy In The Commons: Former Members Of Parliament Speak Out About Canada's Failing DemocracyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:288 pages, 7.99 X 5.18 X 0.73 inShipping dimensions:288 pages, 7.99 X 5.18 X 0.73 inPublished:March 3, 2015Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307361306

ISBN - 13:9780307361301

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