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Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada
     

Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada

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by Brent Rathgeber, Andrew Coyne (Foreword by)
 

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2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize — Shortlisted, Non-Fiction

In Irresponsible Government, former MP Brent Rathgeber takes Parliament to task for its failure to hold the government to account.

Irresponsible Government examines the current state of Canadian democracy in contrast to the founding principles of responsible government

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2015 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize — Shortlisted, Non-Fiction

In Irresponsible Government, former MP Brent Rathgeber takes Parliament to task for its failure to hold the government to account.

Irresponsible Government examines the current state of Canadian democracy in contrast to the founding principles of responsible government established by the Fathers of Confederation in 1867. The book examines the failure of modern elected representatives to perform their constitutionally mandated duty to hold the prime minister and his cabinet to account. It further examines the modern lack of separation between the executive and legislative branches of government and the disregard with which the executive views Parliament. The book seeks to shine light on the current power imbalances that have developed in Canadian government.

Through an examination of the foundation principles of our parliamentary system and their subsequent erosion, Irresponsible Government seeks methods through which we can begin to recalibrate and correct these power imbalances and restore electoral accountability.

Editorial Reviews

Literary Review of Canada
Rathgeber’s insider account is a reminder that something must soon give if citizens are to have confidence that the Parliament they elect will do its job.
From the Publisher
Rathgeber’s writing is clear and compelling; he damns the 41st Parliament with a methodical narrative you’d expect of a former trial attorney.
Blacklock's Reporter
Rathgeber’s writing is clear and compelling; he damns the 41st Parliament with a methodical narrative you’d expect of a former trial attorney.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781459728370
Publisher:
Dundurn Press
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Point of View Series , #1
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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Graham Thomson
If you think Canada's democracy is in trouble, you need to read this book; if you don't think our democracy is in trouble, then you really need to read this book.
Graham Thomson Political affairs columnist
If you think Canada's democracy is in trouble, you need to read this book; if you don't think our democracy is in trouble, then you really need to read this book.
From the Publisher
If you think Canada's democracy is in trouble, you need to read this book; if you don't think our democracy is in trouble, then you really need to read this book.

Graham Thomson

Political affairs columnist, Edmonton Journal

Meet the Author

Brent Rathgeber is a Canadian lawyer and former Member of Parliament. He was elected as a Conservative in 2008 and 2011. On June 5, 2013, he resigned from the Conservative caucus to sit as an Independent due to the government's lack of support for transparency and accountability. He lives in Edmonton.

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Anonymous 12 months ago
'Irresponsible Government' outlines our unspeakable national debt and its causes. Just as in the elementary school playground, internal bullying tactics continue to work well on government officials who are new to their jobs, worried about job security, or, fear-based. The book describes the manner in which parliamentarians have lost their power to represent the wishes of their constituents and must instead bow to the PMO. This morning's read of Mathew Behren's 'Bombs Away! How Canada is here to help' (about Canada's selling 15 billion dollars in weapons to the "beheading regime of Saudi Arabia") recalled for me some of the main points of 'Irresponsible Government'. Should be on political science reading lists. Eleanor Cowan, author of : A History of a Pedophile's Wife