Friendly (or not so much) dictator: the sequel
Globe columnist Lawrence Martin intends to do for Stephen Harper what he did for Jean Chretien. Here's the news release:
For Immediate Release: Penguin to publish a new book on Harper’s first four years
January 29, 2010 (Toronto) - Penguin Group Canada announced today it will publish bestselling author and Globe and Mail columnist Lawrence Martin’s Harperland, a new book on Harper’s first four years in power.
The book is described by Publishing Director Diane Turbide as “the first substantive book on Harper’s highly-controversial governance. It will take us far beyond episodic journalism to give us the real measure of this prime minister's impact on the country."
The Martin book will chronicle how Harper has come to be the master controller, dominating every aspect of governance. It will assess his accomplishments and failings and his effect on the workings of the democratic system.
The "democratic deficit," as it is sometimes called, has become an issue of such concern to Canadians that they recently staged nationwide protests over Harper's decision to suspend parliament. The book will chart how, since
Pierre has seen a steep decline in its democratic standards. Trudeau, Canada
As a two-volume biographer of Jean Chretien, Lawrence Martin described how the Liberal prime minister pushed the limits of prime ministerial power to the point where he was called the friendly dictator. Harper, says Martin, chose not to depart from the script. "Remarkably, he has come to cast an even wider and tighter net than Chretien. His power is such that the country under him can truly be called Harperland."
Lawrence Martin is a journalist and the author of ten books, five of which have been national best sellers. Educated at McMaster and Harvard, he has served as both Washington and
bureau chief for The Globe and Mail. He was also a correspondent for the paper in Montreal, Queen`s Park and Ottawa, where he is now a national columnist. Among his books are The Presidents and the Ministers, Breaking with History - The Gorbachev Revolution, biograhies of Mario Lemieux and Lucien Bouchard and two volumes on Jean Chretien. He is the recipient of journalistic awards and Moscow ’s Lifetime Leadership Achievement award. McMaster University