What's Happened To Politics?

By Bob Rae

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

Segmented electorates. unending repetition of sound bites and conceit movies with little substance. Billions of bucks spent on lobbying. It’s transparent that Canadian politics is in a nasty kingdom. via more and more low voter turnouts and a common loss of engagement within the political procedure, Canadians have proven that they're disenchanted and uninterested with present-day politics.

In What’s occurred to Politics?, Canadians ultimately get an definitive account of the issues plaguing their nationwide politics. referring to every little thing from polling to problems with social justice to the 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 extraordinary 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 viewpoint of an skilled statesman, What’s occurred to Politics? is important studying for each Canadian, despite their political association. Erudite, engaged, and keenly attuned to the frustrations expressed through Canadians around the political spectrum, Rae indicates why he's the top voice on Canadian politics.

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