We’ve had many inscrutable prime ministers in this country ̶ remember Chretien? ̶ but the politician currently holding that office has to be one of the very hardest to read. The latest writer to try to figure out what makes Harper tick is Paul Wells, journalist, pundit, Maclean’s columnist, whose new book, The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 ̶ delves into both the philosophical background of the man and the ways in which he is changing Canada for good. Our reviewer of this important book is Max Nemni who, along with his wife Monique, is completing a trilogy of books on another enigma, Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
The modern vision of world development is largely secular and increasingly both scientific and economic in its approach. So it’s easy to forget that all such activity was once the role of churches, most particularly the Roman Catholic Church. A new book by Robert Calderisi, Earthly Mission: The Catholic Church and World Development, evaluates the Church’s role in the neediest parts of the planet in these rapidly changing times. Farouk Jiwa, a Canadian development specialist based in Geneva, evaluates Calderisi’s evaluation.
The Olympics are over: back to the National Hockey League season and to serious business. In three years the NHL will celebrate its 100th birthday and the commemorations have already started. Author D’Arcy Jenish has written a magisterial ̶ and likely controversial ̶ The NHL: A Centennial History, and here to give us her play-by-play of the book is Mary Ormsby, who covered sports for 25 years for the Toronto Star.
We always try to keep our stick on the ice at the LRC.