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Launch for Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s Losing Confidence

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Launch for Green Party Leader Elizabeth May’s Losing Confidence
When

Monday, April 13, 2009 - 4:00pm

Where

Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON

Details

Ben McNally Books hosts a launch for Elizabeth May’s latest book, Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, with a talk, Q & A, and book signing. The launch will take place from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Free admission.

“We no longer behead people in Canada, but Stephen Harper’s coup d’état cannot be allowed to stand, not least because of the precedent. Any future government can now slip the leash of democracy in the same way. This is how constitutions fail.” - Ronald Wright

A ringing manifesto for change from Canada’s Green Party leader.

Elizabeth May offers an insider’s view of the ills that beset our federal politics and the changes wrought over the past three decades that created this present state.

She explains that a presidential-style prime minister now exists without the checks and balances of either the US or the Canadian systems. Attack ads run all the time, not just during elections. Backbenchers and cabinet ministers alike are muzzled. Committees, the workhorses of government, are deadlocked. Civility has completely disappeared from the House of Commons, replaced by juvenile cat-calling. And the RCMP have run roughshod over a federal election and never been properly investigated for it.

With Losing Confidence, May asks us to join the growing debate, outlines the problems facing us, and offers some solutions to our dilemmas. Average Canadians are the drivers of the country and she implores us to make change happen. As she states in the book, “Politics is not a spectator sport.”

Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer. She is the author of seven books and the recipient of numerous awards, including being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Since her 2006 election as leader of the Green Party of Canada, she has led the party to an unprecedented level of support among Canadians. May and her daughter, Victoria Cate, divide their time between Ottawa and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Location

Ben McNally Books
366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON

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