Monday 2 April 2007

Canadian Politics Unplugged by Eric Nicol and Peter Whalley

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A fun little book which simultaneously gives a glimpse into the way the Canadian Government works while making fun of it. It's semi educational and definitely provides food for thought in all of the 19 chapters:

Advisory, Parliament - The Pox on Both Our Houses, We Should Not Speak Ill of the Senate, The Commons -- The Lower (Much Lower) House, The Power Trip (Scenic Route), The Prime Minister, The Cabinet, The Monarchy, The Parties, Choosing the Party Leader, The Election -- How Everyone Gets to Share the Blame, Provincial Politics -- A Regional Disturbance, The Oracle of Media, The Opinion Poll, Separation, The Canadian Civil War, Americanada, Where Canadian Politicians Come From and Rehabilitating the Image.

I had the pleasure of learning new things, having my interest piqued lots and of course, I often laughed out loud at the humour.

My favourite quote had to be:
Canada is often described as "a country of immigrants." This annoys the hell out of the native Indians, who have been here long enough to qualify as residents.
This is the first book I have read by Eric Nicol and I am sure it won't be my last. The author is a 3 time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. Whatever your level of knowledge when it comes to Canadian Politics, this book is a gem.

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