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Towards A New Government In British Columbia by [Brown, Martyn]
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On May 14, 2013, British Columbians re-elected the Clark government, defying the expectations and predictions of pollsters, pundits and this author alike. This work was published in August 2012 in anticipation of that election.

Premier Christy Clark's dramatic come-from-behind victory over Adrian Dix and the NDP shows that many of the problems plaguing the BC Liberal government were ultimately not material to its re-election chances.

Yet the thrust of this book remains relevant to the goal of better government. At the heart of the matter is the point of power, the need for change, and British Columbians' desire for strong leadership that can restore public trust and confidence. The election results suggest that many voters are hoping that Premier Clark and her new team in government can provide that leadership.

Better and more responsive government demands new ways of governing and institutional reforms that can elevate political discourse, strengthen political accountability and promote informed decision-making. All parties need to reach out across the political spectrum to invite new relationships, new dialogue and new understanding that builds social license for their visions and actions.

This work argues for a more positive political culture in British Columbia that is more constructive and respectful of voters' democratic choices, and that is less partisan, ideological and polarized. British Columbia's private sector leaders can play a key role in leading that effort by helping governments to advance their visions, as they also insist upon a higher standard of political conduct.

More emphasis needs to be placed on the purposes that power is intended to serve, on the specific mandates that governments are given through elections, and on the importance of building and maintaining public support for the means used to advance those ends.

Strong leadership is key to that endeavour, as discussed in an analysis of the HST debacle in British Columbia and in a critique of the Clark government's evolving position on the proposed oil sands pipeline projects in advance of the 2013 election. Those projects and British Columbia's relationships with Alberta and with other governments will continue to challenge the BC Liberals in the years ahead.

Drawing upon his extensive experience in B.C. politics and government, the author reflects upon the diminishing relevance of ideology in shaping voter choices; the shifting nature of coalitions in British Columbia's multi-party system; the myths about vote-splitting; and the issue of party brands and branding.

Ultimately, this work is an argument for a new way of governing and for new forms of political engagement that better respect voters’ democratic choices, that appreciate the fluid nature of coalitions, that value critical thought, and that emphasize innovation, vision and open, honest discourse.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 529 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Martyn Brown; 1 edition (Aug. 17 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009033J10
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4b38084) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0xa4b21b34) out of 5 stars Refreshing vision Oct. 13 2012
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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The book does a great job of describing what a government is supposed to do, and how it should behave. It has inspired me to demand better of my government when I am voting. It is something I expect to reread in the future.
HASH(0xa4b21d80) out of 5 stars Insightful if poorly edited Dec 28 2012
By James - Published on Amazon.com
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Martyn Brown has been taking a lot of flack for this book; people point to BC Rail and so on and make the typical "well, if your memory was so bad then..." and so on. People call him a hypocrite and etcetera without actually reading this book.]

Brown's memoir of sorts is a very insightful, very carefully thought-out manifesto about politics in British Columbia. His insights into how politics work, how they don't, and how they should, are poignant and clearly coming from a place deep within his heart; Brown obviously cares very dearly for British Columbia and, bless him, believed entirely (like so many of us ex-Liberals) that the government at the time was the way to go. He's clearly learned from his mistakes and even what he has done right. Towards a New Government in British Columbia should be required reading for anyone involved, even remotely, in BC or even Canadian politics.

Sadly, Martyn Brown could have used a (better?) editor. The book has a few spelling mistakes here and there, but Brown overuses and abuses commas far too often.
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HASH(0xa4b21d44) out of 5 stars Martyn Brown book Nov. 28 2012
By f carpenter - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting view of government by a fellow who should know the inner workings of the political scene, he's been there.
HASH(0xa4b22038) out of 5 stars Too bad no one else bought the book! Jan. 18 2014
By Murray - Published on Amazon.com
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Martyn Brown was an insider for the Liberal Government in BC and laid the grounds as to why the government was failing and what needed to be done at the next election to adjust political thinking in BC. Like the book...just didn't like what happened at election time.
A very good read.
HASH(0xa4b22098) out of 5 stars good stuff - but you have to put up with a lot of padding April 2 2013
By dilletante david - Published on Amazon.com
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A insightful book from the guy";who made the trains run" A bit repetitive in parts -but the best summary of where BC politics is -and is likely to go. Probably will be required reading for everyone involved in campaigns in this Province- once this campaign is over