The Politics of Control

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After four years in power, Stephen Harper's governance comes under the microscope of prominent Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin. Focusing on the growth of executive power under Harper and drawing on interviews with prominent insiders, Martin probes the smearing of opponents, the silencing of the public and diplomatic service, the secrecy, the prorogations, the unprecedented centralizing of power, and the attempted muzzling of the media. He examines controversies such as the existence of a secret dirty-tricks handbook, the Chuck Cadman affair, campaign financing, the dismissal of nuclear power head Linda Keen, the Afghan detainees cover-up, the turning of access-to-information laws into barricades to information, and more--and lets readers draw their own conclusions. Tough but balanced, Harperland offers a clear picture of a skilled politician at a crucial point in Canadian politics.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, 2010.
ISBN: 9780670065172
Characteristics: xii, 301 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 26, 2018

Lawrence Martin’s Harperland is factually accurate, insightful, presented from a socialist standpoint and packaged as a well told story. Worth reading.

SCLOWATER Jul 16, 2012

What an awesome book! It reads a bit like a thriller. And don't try to read it at bedtime. Harper's exploits will make your blood boil so much that you won't be able to sleep after reading it. I never liked Stephen Harper & I've always been a bit wary of him but, after reading this book, I see what a danger he is to Canada - and the rest of the world. There is a lot of important information in this book that all Canadians should know about concerning Harper & his new brand of extreme right wing conservatism.

Jul 15, 2011

While Martin is pretty clearly not a fan of Harper, he gives the man credit for what he has accomplished while building a disturbing picture of our current Prime Minister.

Feb 01, 2011

I couldn't put this book down! It's a very disturbing piece of non fiction and should raise all sorts of alarm bells about Stephen Harper (and his cohorts) who behave as autocratic dictators.
I'm really appalled at the lack of public interest in how Harper, has almost single handedly, demolished many of the pillars of our Canadian parliamentary democracy.
Thanks Lawrence for a great book!

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