Party of One: Stephen Harper And Canada's Radical Makeover

Party of One: Stephen Harper And Canada's Radical Makeover

by Michael Harris


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Party of One: Stephen Harper And Canada's Radical Makeover by Michael Harris

A scathing indictment of a prime minister determined to remake Canada.

In Party of One, investigative journalist Michael Harris closely examines the majority government of a prime minister essentially unchecked by the opposition and empowered by the general election victory of May 2011. Harris looks at Harper’s policies, instincts, and the often breathtaking gap between his stated political principles and his practices.


 Harris argues that Harper is more than a master of controlling information: he is a profoundly anti-democratic figure. In the F-35 debacle, the government’s sin wasn’t only keeping the facts from Canadians, it was in inventing them. Harper himself provided the key confabulations, and they are irrefutably (and unapologetically) on the public record from the last election. This is no longer a matter of partisan debate, but a fact Canadians must interpret for what it may signify.


Harris illustrates how Harper has made war on every independent source of information in Canada since coming to power. Party of One is about a man with a well-defined and growing enemies list of those not wanted on the voyage: union members, scientists, diplomats, environmentalists, First Nations peoples, and journalists.


 Against the backdrop of a Conservative commitment to transparency and accountability, Harris exposes the ultra-secrecy, non-compliance, and dismissiveness of this prime minister. And with the Conservative majority in Parliament, the law is simple: what one man, the PM, says, goes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143187059
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.26(h) x 1.53(d)

About the Author

 MICHAEL HARRIS began his award-winning career in journalism at CBC Television, where he became the host of The Harris Report, an investigative and current affairs show. He worked for The Globe and Mail as Atlantic bureau chief and in Ottawa. Harris was founding publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sunday Express, the St. John’s newspaper that broke the story of the abuse of boys at Mount Cashel orphanage. His bestselling book, Unholy Orders: Tragedy at Mount Cashel, became a prize-winning documentary. His journalistic work has sparked four separate Royal Commissions of inquiry, including one on the wrongful conviction of an aboriginal man, Donald Marshall. Harris is the author of eight books, three of which have been made into movies. He currently writes for

Table of Contents

1 Sign of the Times 1

2 The Genesis of Steve 10

3 The Democracy Bandits 45

4 Under the Bus 76

5 The Unfair Elections Act 99

6 The Big Lie 114

7 The Death of Evidence 143

8 Meltdown 168

9 The Exoneration Blues 187

10 Farewell Diplomacy 209

11 Bad Boys 243

12 Forked Tongue 286

13 A Tangled Web 312

14 Wrecking Ball 345

15 The Pinocchio Factor 365

16 Mounties at the Door 378

17 Parliament on the Brink 409

18 Delay, Deny, and Die 440

19 A Walk with Farley 475

Afterword 486

Notes 514

Acknowledgments 550

Index 553

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