Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative PoliticsBook - 2006
Full Circle: Death and Resurrection in Canadian Conservative Politics tells the dramatic story of how the conservative movement fell apart and was restored to glory, looking not much different from two decades previously when Preston Manning and the Reform Party thought they knew better. It chronicles the failures and triumphs of the three leading actorsPreston Manning, Peter MacKay, and Stephen Harper. It recounts the humiliating defeat of the PC party, the rise of the reform, and a decade-long sojourn in the political wilderness. It lays out, step by step, the strokes and counterstrokes, the promises made and broken, the betrayals and defections within a movement riven by faction. Based on meticulous background research and interviews with thirty key playersincluding Peter MacKay, Preston Manning, David Orchard, Stockwell Day, Don Mazankowski, Jim Prentice, David Angus, Gerry St. Germain, Majory LeBreton, Nel Kinsella, Elmer MacKay, John Laschinger, Bill Pristanski, John Weissenberger, Geoff Norquay, Rick Morgan, Paul Lepsoe, Tom Jarmyn, and Yaroslav BaranFull Circle takes the reader behind the scenes in a high-octane expos of political machination, intrigue, and the ultimate battle for survival and supremacy. Sweeping in its breadth and scope, captivating in its detail, Full Circle is the definitive account of this unprecedented period in Canadian political history. Even those involved in conservative politics will be surprised, and sometimes shocked, by its starling revelations and debunking of popular myths. The death and resurrection of Canadas conservative political movement over the past two decades is a story that has never been told from beginning to end, until now. Full Circle is breathlessly paced history at its best. The astonishing story of the crash of conservatism and its rebirth is the subject of Bob Plamondons Full Circle. The author comes at it with a unique perspective. Party insiders sometimes do such books. Academics sometimes do them and often it is journalists who take up the challenge. Plamondon provides the advantage of bringing all three perspectives to the table. He has taught at several universities, he was a party insider, having run once for the Tories and worked for the party in elections and leadership conventions Plamondons voyage through the last two decades brings new twists and astute analysis to the narrative. From the Foreword by Lawrence Martin A masterful enthralling work. This should be read by every Canadian. Or, at least, every Canadian who votes.The Calgary Sun [Full Circle] provides the first full account of events that led to the 2003 merger of the Progressive Conservative and Alliance parties and the new party''s rise to power in January of this year. Plamondon, a policy consultant and former Tory candidate in Ottawa, reveals a host of previously unreported details."Ottawa Citizen Full Circle offers the first account of what happened that night at the Chateau Laurier [between Belinda Stronach and Peter Mackay], but it may not be the last Full Circle, which goes on sale today, also goes behind the scenes at the 2003 Tory leadership convention which made Mr. MacKay leader of the PCs and behind the scenes in the talks that eventually led to the merger of the Tories and the Canadian Alliance. Mr. Plamondon describes the poisonous relationship between Kings-Hants MP Scott Brison and Mr. MacKay at the 2003 convention, when they were bitter rivals for the Tory crown. When Mr. Brison threw his support to Albertan Jim Prentice over the advice of John Hamm and Joe Clark Mr. MacKay was not surprised. Halifax Chronicle Herald A meticulous, blow-by-blow account of the road to merger that captures both the tension and the tedium of back-room politics. The Globe and Mail Plamondons book should contribute to enhancing Canadians understanding of who their prime minister is. Winnipeg Free Press If Wells book leaves you wanting to read more in depth about what was going on in the backrooms through t
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, 2006.
Characteristics: 472 p. ;,24 cm.