Right Honourable Men: The Descent of Canadian Politics from MacDonald to Chrétien

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Harper Collins, Mar 13, 2012 - History - 360 pages
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Updated with an insightful and controversial assessment of Jean Chrétien

Since first published in 1994, Right Honourable Men has remained the definitive source for Canadians wanting to know more about the quality of our leaders and the personalities behind the policies. Now, in this timely new edition, Bliss evaluates Jean Chrétien's record and asserts that he was actually a conservative prime minister -- as conservative as Mulroney himself. And Chrétien's legacy? A decade of squandered opportunities, national decline, and dashed hopes of real reform.

From the visionary Macdonald, the reckless Laurier, and the misunderstood King, to the flamboyant Trudeau, the vainglorious Mulroney and the wily Chrétien, Right Honourable Men defines the essence of political leadership in Canada, sets the standard for rating prime ministers, and provides a fascinating roadmap for our past -- and our future.

  

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User Review  - Gary Maunder - Goodreads

Interesting and readable. One of Canada's eminent historians evaluates and ranks Canada's Prime Ministers and finds most of them wanting. An intelligent discussion of what the role of a prime minister might be and is. Read full review

Contents

IntroductionPrime Ministers Powerand the Democratic Deficit
1MACDONALDThe Prince of Canada
2LAURIERAristocratic Canadian
3BORDENAmong the Beasts of Ephesus
4MEIGHEN AND BENNETTThe Crisis of the SelfMade Leader
5KINGDividing Us Least
6KINGWelfare Liberalism
7DIEFENBAKERTrying Tory Populism
10MULRONEYThrowback
11CHRÉTIENWere Number Eight
Index
Acknowledgements
ALSO BY MICHAEL BLISS
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8PEARSONMiddle Innings
9TRUDEAUThe Politics of Confrontation

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Michael Bliss is University Professor of History at the University of Toronto and one of Canada's most distinguished historians. His eleven books include Plague: How Smallpox Devastated Montreal, which was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award, and William Osler: A Life in Medicine. He has won numerous Canadian and international awards, is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has received Honorary Doctor of Letters degrees from McGill and McMaster universities.

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