What's Happened To Politics?

By Bob Rae

From esteemed Canadian political chief Bob Rae comes a piercing exam of the fractured country of Canadian politics and what may be performed to mend it.

Segmented electorates. unending repetition of sound bites and self-esteem movies with little substance. Billions of greenbacks spent on lobbying. It’s transparent that Canadian politics is in a foul country. via more and more low voter turnouts and a normal loss of engagement within the political strategy, Canadians have proven that they're disillusioned and uninterested with present-day politics.

In What’s occurred to Politics?, Canadians eventually get an definitive account of the issues plaguing their nationwide politics. bearing on every thing from polling to problems with social justice to the best way political events package deal their applicants, Rae identifies the shortcomings of the present Canadian political framework, and what we, as voters, can do to treatment that. With striking perception and startling accuracy, Rae speaks because the voice of cause as he imagines a political discussion board the place voters are encouraged to take part rather than feeling disenfranchised. choked with real-world examples and advised from the perspective of an skilled statesman, What’s occurred to Politics? is critical analyzing for each Canadian, despite their political association. Erudite, engaged, and keenly attuned to the frustrations expressed via Canadians around the political spectrum, Rae exhibits why he's the prime voice on Canadian politics.

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