Trick motions, surprise votes and fiddles - check out my latest article on the procedural warfare in the House of Commons.
A while back, I contributed this article to Dr. David McGrane's Canadian Social Democracy Study, a comprehensive project that will ultimately yield a book examining the NDP between Jack Layton's election as leader in 2003 and the 2015 election.
I've now also sent Dr. McGrane a selection of research to help with the project. It's a small contribution, but I'm proud to have made one nevertheless. I think this is going to be an important book. To gauge the prospects for social democratic principles in Canada, we need to understand where the NDP is going. Layton's leadership, his electoral success, and Tom Mulcair's subsequent leadership all represent new frontiers, both in the party's internal organization and its ideology. Whether the party ultimately succeeds or fails, McGrane's study will help Canadians understand why.
In July 2013, Dr. David McGrane, a political science professor at the University of Saskatchewan, launched the Canadian Social Democracy Study, which will produce a book on the recent history of the NDP. He has also created a website meant as a resource and as a place for intellectual exchange.
Dr. McGrane asked me to contribute an article to the website, which you can read here. It’s an examination of image politics, and how, used effectively, it can elevate discourse and produce
A little over a decade ago, Dr. McGrane and I worked together as tour guides on Parliament Hill. I have bumped into him only a few times since then, but I remember a Francophile from Saskatchewan who was a big hit with our female French-Canadian colleagues. I’m very pleased to have contributed to his website, and I look forward to the publication of his book.
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