At the Centre of Government Book

At the Centre of Government

  • Author : Ian Brodie
  • Publisher : McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
  • Release Date : 2018-04-30
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 10 : 9780773553781

At the Centre of Government Excerpt :

"Canada's prime minister is a dictator." "The Sun King of Canadian government." "More powerful than any other chief executive of any other democratic country." These kinds of claims are frequently made about Canada's leader – especially when the prime minister's party holds a majority government in Parliament. But is there any truth to these arguments? At the Centre of Government not only presents a comprehensively researched work on the structure of political power in Canada but also offers a first-hand view of the inner workings of the Canadian federal government. Ian Brodie – former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former executive director of the Conservative Party of Canada – argues that the various workings of the Prime Minister's Office, the Privy Council Office, the cabinet, parliamentary committees, and the role of backbench members of Parliament undermine propositions that the prime minister has evolved into the role of an autocrat, with unchecked control over the levers of political power. He corrects the dominant thinking that Canadian prime ministers hold power without limits over their party, caucus, cabinet, Parliament, the public service, and the policy agenda. Citing examples from his time in government and from Canadian political history he argues that in Canada's evolving political system, with its roots in the pre-Confederation era, there are effective checks on executive power, and that the golden age of Parliament and the backbencher is likely now. Drawing on a vast body of work on governance and the role of the executive branch of government, At the Centre of Government is a fact-based primer on the workings of Canadian government and sobering second thoughts about many proposals for reform.

Being Prime Minister Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Being Prime Minister

  • Author : J.D.M. Stewart
  • Publisher : Dundurn
  • Release Date : 2018-06-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781459738492

Being Prime Minister Excerpt :

Being Prime Minister sheds light on the lives of prime ministers as ordinary people, examining them through a variety of experiences most Canadians share.

The Longer I m Prime Minister Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

The Longer I m Prime Minister

  • Author : Paul Wells
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2014-10-14
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307361332

The Longer I m Prime Minister Excerpt :

The definitive portrait of Stephen Harper in power by this country's most trenchant, influential and surprising political commentator. Despite a constant barrage of outrage and disbelief from his detractors, Stephen Harper is on his way to becoming one of Canada's most significant prime ministers. He has already been in power longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker. By 2015, and the end of this majority term, he'll have caught up to Brian Mulroney. No matter the ups and downs, the triumphs and the self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been moving to build the Canada he wants--the Canada a significant proportion of Canadian voters want or they wouldn't have elected him three times. As Wells writes, "He could not win elections without widespread support in the land. . . . Which suggests that Harper has what every successful federal leader has needed to survive over a long stretch of time: a superior understanding of Canada." In The Longer I'm Prime Minister, Paul Wells explores just what Harper's understanding of Canada is, and who he speaks for in the national conversation. He explains Harper not only to Harper supporters but also to readers who can't believe he is still Canada's prime minister. In this authoritative, engaging and sometimes deeply critical account of the man, Paul Wells also brings us an illuminating portrait of Canadian democracy: "glorious, a little dented, and free."

Trudeau Book


  • Author : John Ivison
  • Publisher : Signal
  • Release Date : 2019-08-06
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780771048975

Trudeau Excerpt :

National Bestseller From one of Canada's most popular and connected political journalists, an unblinkered warts-and-all look at Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government's record in power. A must-read as we head into the 2019 federal election. Canadians are becoming increasingly skeptical about their chameleon prime minister. When he entered politics, Justin Trudeau came across as a person with no fixed principles. Now, he presents himself as a conviction politician. What motivated his metamorphosis—belief or opportunism? Either way, in 2019’s election he will be judged on results—results that have so far been disappointing for many, even those in his own party. From the ballooning deficit to the Trans Mountain purchase to the fallout of his disastrous trip to India to the unpopular implementation of a carbon tax, Justin Trudeau has presided over his share of controversy. Most damaging, his egregious missteps during the SNC-Lavalin scandal and the subsequent resignation of two top ministers, his principal secretary, and the clerk of the Privy Council have raised serious questions about Trudeau’s integrity. As a political columnist for the National Post since 2003and Ottawa bureau chief for Postmedia for the past three years, John Ivison has watched Trudeau evolve as a politician and leader, a fascinating transition that has not been fully captured by any writer. Trudeau traces the complexities of the man himself, now barely visible beneath the talking points, virtue signalling, and polished trappings of office. Ivison concludes that while Trudeau led a moribund Liberal Party to victory in the 2015 election, the shine of his leadership has been worn off by a series of self-inflicted wounds, broken promises, and rookie mistakes. One of the central contentions of Trudeau is already apparent: the prime minister’s greatest strengths are also his greatest weaknesses; the famous name, high-handedness, and impulsiveness are as liable to hurl him from office as the

Prime Minister Book

Prime Minister

  • Author : Ainsley Booth
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 406
  • ISBN 10 : 1926527615

Prime Minister Excerpt :

A kinky Prime Minister, a vanilla intern, and a scandal that shouldn't feel so right or cost so much. Gavin: Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She's also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada.* That's me. The PM. She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she's my intern, I can't twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I'd like her to do with that pretty pink mouth.** Ellie: How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He's intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way--and he demands the same of his staff. How much I want him never wavers. There's something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he'd cross the line in a late night work session. I'd take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him.*** . . . FOOTNOTES: * This is a fictional romance. No prime ministers or interns were harmed in the making of this book. ** Except it's a kinky romance, so they were hurt a little. *** Spoiler alert: she gets more than a taste. And she likes it.

The Prime Minister Book

The Prime Minister

  • Author : Anthony Trollope
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1893
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015016913272

The Prime Minister Excerpt :

The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval Book

The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval

  • Author : Mark Garnett
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2021-03-11
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781509539376

The British Prime Minister in an Age of Upheaval Excerpt :

In this timely book, Mark Garnett provides a bracing reassessment of the role of the British Prime Minister, from Margaret Thatcher’s controversial tenure to Boris Johnson’s attempt to confront a pandemic with a ministerial team created to face the very different challenge of Brexit. Taking a thematic approach, Garnett explores the impact of major political developments and personalities on key aspects of prime ministerial functions as party leader, Cabinet-maker, chief diplomat and electoral talisman. Much of the controversy over the position of Prime Minister, he concludes, arises from a confusion between the occupant’s inescapable political prominence and his or her – often limited – ability to achieve positive policy outcomes. With both David Cameron and Theresa May forced to resign since 2016, the book questions whether the nature of the job has become a deterrent for politicians who are motivated by a desire to serve the British public, opening the way for individuals with much less laudable motivations.

The Prime Minister s Secret Agent Book
Score: 3.5
From 20 Ratings

The Prime Minister s Secret Agent

  • Author : Susan Elia MacNeal
  • Publisher : Bantam
  • Release Date : 2014-07-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780345539106

The Prime Minister s Secret Agent Excerpt :

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd, and Anne Perry comes a gripping mystery featuring intrepid spy and code breaker Maggie Hope. This time, the fallout of a deadly plot comes straight to her own front door. World War II rages on across Europe, but Maggie Hope has finally found a moment of rest on the pastoral coast of western Scotland. Home from an undercover mission in Berlin, she settles down to teach at her old spy training camp, and to heal from scars on both her body and heart. Yet instead of enjoying the quieter pace of life, Maggie is quickly drawn into another web of danger and intrigue. When three ballerinas fall strangely ill in Glasgow—including one of Maggie’s dearest friends—Maggie partners with MI-5 to uncover the truth behind their unusual symptoms. What she finds points to a series of poisonings that may expose shocking government secrets and put countless British lives at stake. But it’s the fight brewing in the Pacific that will forever change the course of the war—and indelibly shape Maggie’s fate. Praise for The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent “[A] stellar series . . . [Susan Elia] MacNeal has written an impeccably researched, wonderfully engaging story.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune “A treat for WWII buffs and mystery lovers alike.”—Booklist “[MacNeal] seamlessly mixes fact and fiction.”—Publishers Weekly “Splendid . . . riveting . . . The research is complete and fascinating. . . . The scenes are so detailed that readers will feel as if they are next to the characters and listening to them speaking.”—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick) “Fans of Jacqueline Winspear and Charles Todd will feast on this riveting series chronicling Britain’s own ‘Greatest Generation.’ MacNeal’s research and gift for dialogue shine through on every page, transporting the reader to Churchill’s inner circle. The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent is both top-drawer historical fiction and mystery i

The Prime Ministers Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

The Prime Ministers

  • Author : Yehuda Avner
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 731
  • ISBN 10 : 1592642780

The Prime Ministers Excerpt :

Looks at the lives of Israeli prime ministers Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, and Menachem Begin, and the events surrounding their leadership in Israel.

Ms  Prime Minister Book

Ms Prime Minister

  • Author : Linda Trimble
  • Publisher : University of Toronto Press
  • Release Date : 2018-01-18
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 328
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442662971

Ms Prime Minister Excerpt :

Ms. Prime Minister offers both solace and words of caution for women politicians. After closely analyzing the media coverage of former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell; two former Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark; and Australia’s 27th Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, Linda Trimble concludes that reporting both reinforces and contests unfair gender norms. News about female leaders gives undue attention to their gender identities, bodies and family lives. Yet equivalent men are also treated to evaluations of their gendered personas. And, as Trimble finds, some media accounts expose sexism and authenticate women's performances of leadership. Ms. Prime Minister provides important insight into the news frameworks that work to deny or confer political legitimacy. It concludes with advice designed to inform the gender strategies of women who aspire to political leadership roles and the reporting techniques of the journalists who cover them.

The Complete Yes Prime Minister Book
Score: 4.5
From 6 Ratings

The Complete Yes Prime Minister

  • Author : Jonathan Lynn
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2020-03-26
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 512
  • ISBN 10 : 9781446416501

The Complete Yes Prime Minister Excerpt :

'Scalpel-sharp in observation, deceptively simple in construction... at its frequent best Yes Prime Minister exhibits the classical perfection of a Mozart sonata' - Richard Last in The Times 'Its closely observed portrayal of what goes on in the corridors of power has given me hours of pure joy' - Rt Hon. Margaret Thatcher MP 'Yes Prime Minister... is not only a continuing marvel of editing by Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay but also a collector's must' - John Coldstream in the Daily Telegraph 'Yes Prime Minister is a comedy in a class of its own' - Celia Brayfield in The Times

Prime Minister and Cabinet Government Book

Prime Minister and Cabinet Government

  • Author : Simon James
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-04-28
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351001465

Prime Minister and Cabinet Government Excerpt :

Fully revised and updated, this new edition of Simon James’s comprehensible and accessible text provides an excellent insight into the work of the Prime Minister and Cabinet government. It draws on the wealth of new material that has become available in recent years to shed light on the mechanisms and processes of the Cabinet system in Britain, focusing on the post-1979 period. Its coverage includes: ministers and their departments; collective decision-making; the role of the Prime Minister; the strengths and weaknesses of the Cabinet system; and the future of the Cabinet system. Prime Minister and Cabinet Government will give both A-level students and undergraduates a clear understanding of the realities of this central aspect of British politics.

How Canadians Govern Themselves Book

How Canadians Govern Themselves

  • Author : Eugene Alfred Forsey
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Canada
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:1032867885

How Canadians Govern Themselves Excerpt :

Explores Canada's parliamentary system from the decisions made by the Fathers of Confederation, to the daily work of Members of Parliament in the Commons and Senate chambers. Also contains useful information on Canada's constitution, the judicial system and provincial and municipal powers.

The Prime Minister  The Office and Its Holders Since 1945 Book

The Prime Minister The Office and Its Holders Since 1945

  • Author : Peter Hennessy
  • Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan
  • Release Date : 2001-10-05
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 685
  • ISBN 10 : 0312293135

The Prime Minister The Office and Its Holders Since 1945 Excerpt :

The author analyzes the office of prime minister in England in the postwar period, profiling the eleven office-holders and discussing changes in the office.

The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers Book

The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers

  • Author : Yael Aronoff
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-05-29
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107038387

The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers Excerpt :

This book examines leaders of the seemingly intractable conflict between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors. It takes as an intellectual target of opportunity six Israeli prime ministers, asking why some of them have persisted in some hard-line positions but others have opted to become peacemakers. This book argues that some leaders do change, and above all it explains why and how such changes come about. This book goes beyond arguing simply that "leaders matter" by analyzing how their particular belief systems and personalities can ultimately make a difference to their country's foreign policy, especially toward a long-standing enemy. Although no hard-liner can stand completely still in the face of important changes, only those with ideologies that have specific components that act as obstacles to change and who have an orientation toward the past may need to be replaced for dramatic policy changes to take place.