Dead Centre: Hope, Possibility and Unity for Canadian Progressives / Edition 1by Jamey Heath
Dead Centre is a provocative, timely and insightful book about changing the political landscape in Canada. If Canada is a progressive country and a beacon to the world, why haven't promises to move on the environment, health care and social values been realized? Jamey Heath, with keen insight and analysis and often caustic wit, debunks a few myths and gets his/i>… See more details below
Dead Centre is a provocative, timely and insightful book about changing the political landscape in Canada. If Canada is a progressive country and a beacon to the world, why haven't promises to move on the environment, health care and social values been realized? Jamey Heath, with keen insight and analysis and often caustic wit, debunks a few myths and gets his hands dirty in the political mire called Ottawa.
Heath digs away at the Liberal Party of Canada--the aprty of the "meaningless middle"--which has written politics' rules for too long. Now is the time to ask if the Liberal line on how things should work is the right line. With right-wingers running Ottawa and the national unity quesiton back on the agenda in Quebec, Dead Centre wonders aloud whether progressives don't have more options than the Liberals--and new leader Stephane Dion--let on. With the climate changing along with Canada's political dynamic, maybe the tired, old Liberal rules should be thrown out. As the spectre of a united Right hangs over the Peace Tower, something had to be done.
As former research and communications director for the NDP caucus, Jamey Heath saw Liberals fall from hegemony to the opposition benches in three years. In the environmental and labour movements, he saw new approaches flourish, only to to be throttled in the corridors of power. He suggests it's time for a rethink about ideas, policies and initiatives, and hence truly uniting progressives under a new banner.
If progressive Americans can start to turn the tide against Republicans, Heath asks why progressive Canadians can't turn our tide. In the context of recent minority governments and elections, he argues that multi-party democracy brings possibility--and hope for victory.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction.
PART ONE: THE MINORITY PARLIAMENT AND THE 2006 ELECTION.
Chapter 1. To and From a Dingy Room.
Chapter 2. "The Budget's Priorities are Conservative Ones."
Chapter 3. Scandal Costs Us The Bloc.
Chapter 4. Omigod!
Chapter 5. Tom d'Aquino Asks for His Money Back.
Chapter 6. The Pantomime Victory.
Chapter 7. Pressure from Montreal's Gay Village.
Chapter 8. Trudeau and the Troglodytes.
Chapter 9. John A. Macdonald, Rene Levesque and the race.
Chapter 10. Events in a Progressive Summer.
Chapter 11. Ghosts of Springs Past.
Chapter 12. A Clumsy Dance.
Chapter 13. The Winter Guillotine Falls.
Chapter 14. Class War: Tories versus Tommy.
PART TWO: SEVEN ELECTIONS THAT WRITE POLITICS' NEW RULES.
Chapter 15. The Hegemony Mirage.
Chapter 16. Go West.
Chapter 17. Wrong Kind of Blue State.
Chapter 18. Alberta and the Betamax Lesson.
Chapter 19. The No Logo Divide.
Chapter 20. Andre Biosclair's Global Generation.
Chapter 21. No More Crumbs.
Chapter 22. Rethinking Progressive.
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