Sunday, January 16, 2011
All the things you never wanted to know about the Liberal Party...
Are in this book.
I just finished this 600-odd page book, authored by former (and probably still) LPC insider Brooke Jeffrey, and I have to say, it's magnificent. It details meticulously the strange, winding, and often adversarial path that the Liberal Party took between 1984 and 2008, and explains how the Liberal Party was split apart by forces who fought over, and eventually broke down, the Liberal's position on the so-called "federalist axis." It goes through how the most recent splits in much of how the caucus thinks and breaks can be traced directly back to the Trudeau-Turner feuds of the 1980's, and how we've ended up where we are today because of it.
I very highly recommend you read the book if you ever get the chance, you can find it at Chapters/Indigo. As someone who only joined the Party in 2008, it's taught me an awful lot about how the Liberals have evolved into what they are today over the past two decades. I've learned more from it than I have any other source. Grab it if you can!