Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper's New Conservatism Hardcover – Oct 31 2006
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“Wells tells both sides of the story in his trademark style — bright, breezy, accessible, irreverent and insightful.”
— Montreal Gazette
“This is a most readable book by one of the country’s most original journalists.”
— Globe and Mail
“A feast for the politically inclined.”
— London Free Press
“Wells is lucid, funny, revealing, opinionated and sometimes wickedly snarky.”
— National Post
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About the Author
Born in Sarnia, Paul Wells has worked for the Montreal Gazette, and as a columnist for the National Post. He is now Maclean’s chief Ottawa correspondent, and a frequent panelist and speaker.See all Product Description
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There are down sides to this book: His section on "groupthink" reads too much like a rushed college essay and seems out of place. His interviews with Liberal leadership hopefuls are dry. I was also hoping for more discussion on Paul Martin the prime minister, and not just Paul Martin the election campaigner.
My biggest problem with this book: His trademark negative sarcasm gets a little tiresome around halfway through the book. This attitude is fine for a short blog posting or a one-page article, but it's harder to tolerate throughout an entire book.
Nonetheless, despite all the downs, Wells does a fair job at summarizing the change from a Liberal government to a Tory one.
Finally, please don't call Wells a liberal/left-winger. He treats both sides with equal scorn and praise when it's merited. This book is not unfairly biased.
Wells begins his book immediately after the narrow win of the Liberals in the 2004 federal election against the new Conservative Party led by Stephen Harper. Though the Liberals maintained power, they lost seats - yet Martin treated the election as a victory and did virtually nothing to change or improve his team or their message for the next election. That was because from his perspective, Martin and his team had been building for this moment since his 1990 leadership loss to Jean Chrétien. Why should anything change? It was this inertia that set Martin and the Liberals up for their mediocre 2006 election results and Martin's subsequent resignation from politics.
Those who remember the Federal election of 2004 will remember that the election was in fact a very near thing for the Liberals in spite of their eventual victory. Three weeks before the election, Harper's new Conservative Party was ahead in the polls but seemingly ran out of script. This loss of momentum allowed the Liberals to run a very effective scare campaign that gave them a surge in the last weeks of the campaign, largely by convincing soft NDP voters to vote Liberal because the thought of a Stephen Harper victory was worse than the thought of continued Liberal government.Read more ›
If you are interested in Canadian politics, definitely pick up a copy of this book. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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I haven't completed the book as of yet, but I am really getting a clear picture on how the Conservatives came into power (much deservingly so)and some insight into the other... Read morePublished on April 25 2009 by Pearl Roy
I thought this was a great read. For those of you who want to share in a direct observers notes of the past few years of transition you will appreciate the insight. Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2006 by Quebec reader
Mr. Wells seems long on wind, short on substance... He seems to take a personal dislike for conservatives and wraps former Prime Minister Martin into it - - if I wanted to read... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2006 by Charles Ng