Stephen Harper

Stephen Harper

Book - 2015
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An intimate, detailed exploration of the life of Stephen Harper, Canada's 22nd prime minister.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Signal, [2015]
Copyright Date: ♭2015
ISBN: 9780771047039
Characteristics: xi, 436 pages :,illustrations


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Oct 07, 2016

Fantastic read very easy and light. Does not bore you gets to the facts and highlights of Stephen Harper's life and his impact on Conservatism and Canada. This book is fair and rather unbiased which is a plus. Most books about Stephen Harper or Conservatives in general are either outright antagonistic (Liberal Bias Problem) or smugly dismissive which is a shame and robs people of the benefits of different perspectives in the public square. 5/5!

Apr 27, 2016

A brilliant, insightful piece. The best Canadian political book I've read this decade.

Ibbitson pulls no punches in showing Harper's warts (control freak, bad temper, unfaithful at times). He criticizes some of Harper's weaker decisions such as scrapping the long form census, etc. But he also carefully debunks the myth that Harper turned Canada into a right wing, evangelical, police state that ruined Canada's reputation abroad. He even appears to suggest that some "elite" segments of society (e.g. parliamentary press gallery) really were downright mean and un-objective to his party and the Reform/Alliance movement in general.

Oct 14, 2015

Given the recent issues relating to the 'Harper government' this is quite a balanced view of Harper, warts and all.

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