A provocative and inspired call to unite progressives in Canada and shift the political landscape.
The Liberal Party is down, and might not be able to get back up. It is no longer a natural governing entity after losing Quebec for seven straight elections. Stephen Harper’s policies have been controversial and polarizing, especially for left leaning Conservatives. There are people on both sides who want Canada to get past this mollified partisanship. The alternative is to take back the centre and charge forward with a progressive agenda. What about the environment? What about our foreign policy? Canada can once again stand tall in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of its own citizens.
Our nation was once a beacon for centrist, sensible, and level-headed policy. Do the Liberals speak for true Canadian values anymore? They don't. Will the Conservatives stand firm for Canada in a globalized economy. They won't. Is the status quo good enough for you? How do we get back to a place where Canada leads in those areas that Canadians feel passionate about?
Author of Dead Centre, Jamey Heath, watched the left fracture before his eyes when he was the NDP’s lead strategist from 2003 to 2006. In his book Jamey calls to account the leading lights of the left. He challenges assumptions and revisits the defeats and the squabbles. He then sounds a clarion call to regroup and tackle our nations' challenges. With refreshing, contrarian insight Heath will find a significant audience among Liberals, Greens, New Democrats and the growing number of politically minded -- but party neutral -- progressives that want sensible leadership and a renaissance of Canadian nationhood.
Dead Centre is printed on biodegradeable paper with environmentally friendly inks.
PART ONE: THE MINORITY PARLIAMENT AND THE 2006 ELECTION.
Chapter 1. To and From a Dingy Room.
Chapter 2. "The Budget's Priorities are Conservative Ones."
Chapter 3. Scandal Costs Us The Bloc.
Chapter 4. Omigod!
Chapter 5. Tom d'Aquino Asks for His Money Back.
Chapter 6. The Pantomime Victory.
Chapter 7. Pressure from Montreal's Gay Village.
Chapter 8. Trudeau and the Troglodytes.
Chapter 9. John A. Macdonald, Rene Levesque and the race.
Chapter 10. Events in a Progressive Summer.
Chapter 11. Ghosts of Springs Past.
Chapter 12. A Clumsy Dance.
Chapter 13. The Winter Guillotine Falls.
Chapter 14. Class War: Tories versus Tommy.
PART TWO: SEVEN ELECTIONS THAT WRITE POLITICS' NEW RULES.
Chapter 15. The Hegemony Mirage.
Chapter 16. Go West.
Chapter 17. Wrong Kind of Blue State.
Chapter 18. Alberta and the Betamax Lesson.
Chapter 19. The No Logo Divide.
Chapter 20. Andre Biosclair's Global Generation.
Chapter 21. No More Crumbs.
Chapter 22. Rethinking Progressive.
Published: 14th December 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Australia