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How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot: The inside story behind the coalition Paperback – Feb 4 2010
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"How We Almost Gave the Tories the Boot is full of other surprises, even for those who closely followed the saga." (Norman Spector Globe and Mail)
"The first extensive insider account of the coalition negotiations." (Chantal Hébert Toronto Star 2010-01-01)
"I'm one of the people having a great bit of fun reading NDP strategist Brian Topp's memoir of the coalition crisis A little bit of history fresh enough to have the tang of gossip " (Rex Murphy 2010-01-01)
"A terrific read." (Kathleen Petty CBC Radio's "The House")
About the Author
Born and raised in Montreal, Brian Topp studied history at McGill. He became active in the NDP in 1988 and went to Ottawa in 1989 as a staffer for NDP MP Phil Edmonston. During the 1990s he served as deputy chief of staff to Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow and saw the implementation of a successful coalition agreement between the provincial NDP and the Liberals. He subsequently moved back to the federal arena, managing the NDP war room in the 2004 federal campaign, and acting as national Campaign Director in the 2006 and 2008 elections. In June 2011 Topp was elected President of the New Democratic Party of Canada and was a close advisor to party leader Jack Layton until Layton's death in July. As a close advisor to the late Jack Layton, and intimately involved in composing Layton's final letter to Canadians, he was seen as a top contender to become Party leader. In March 2012 Topp lost his bid to become party leader when Thomas Mulcair was selected on the 4th ballot at the leadership convention held in Toronto.
Top Customer Reviews
The author Brian Topp was the NDP Federal Campaign Director during the 2008 vote and so he is well placed to provide this riveting first-person memoir of the high level negotiations he took part in. Topp played a lead role for the NDP in the promotion and negotiation of the coalition. He was also instrumental in formulating the idea of a coalition during a NDP election planning conference in October of 2008. Throughout the book Topp often excerpts word for word messages sent and received from his Blackberry and this only helps to add to the insider feeling this book has.
In fact the book is so loaded with email and text chat that it seems as if a new genre of political writing is evolving before the readers eyes. No doubt as messages were being sent no one foresaw them forming the basis of this book and their unguardedness only adds to the behind the scenes atmosphere of the book. Gone are the smoky backrooms of the corridors of power, seemingly replaced by an unlimited data plan and an omnivorous 24 hour news cycle.Read more ›