Canadians obsess over the Next Big Thing in politics, argues award-winning author and commentator Paul Wells, but are also deeply suspicious of winners. Many thought that Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper both owed their success to being ‘brutes with lucky streaks’, or essentially (when that explanation started to wear thin) just wily tricksters. But to Wells, such easy dismissal of these two polarizing figures undermines their genuine achievements – and a deeper understanding of how we govern ourselves.
Join the LRC and Spur at the Gardiner Museum on December 2nd for an in-depth and lively discussion on the nature of political power in our country. What do the careers of these two individuals, who collectively dominated the last 20 years of Canadian politics, reveal about our best hopes for the federation’s future.
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Paul Wells is the political editor of Maclean’s, where he has won two National Magazine Awards for his work, and has written for Time, the National Post, La Presse and the Literary Review of Canada. His blog Inkless Wells is required reading in Ottawa, and Wells is a frequent radio and television commentator in both official languages. His first book, Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and The Rise of Stephen Harper’s New Conservatism, was a national best seller, and he has just published The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen and Harper and Canada, 2006-. Wells sits on the Advisory Committee of the Glendon School of Public Affairs and is a Fellow of the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.