The Battlefield of Ontario Politics

Overview

2015 Speaker's Book Award — Shortlisted

Greg Sorbara presents a front-row seat to some of the most significant changes in Ontario politics.

Greg Sorbara has enjoyed one of the most successful careers of any Ontario politician, and in two different Liberal administrations. He was appointed minister of finance by Premier Dalton McGuinty in 2003, and served as campaign chair for the Liberals’ three consecutive election victories — the first time that had happened in more than a century.

First elected in 1985, Sorbara was also in the cabinet of Premier David Peterson — the first Liberal leader elected in Ontario in forty-two years. Through his quarter-century of public life in the province, Sorbara had an enviable record of introducing new policies to help Ontarians, while having the guts to raise taxes to pay for those programs. A reinvigorated health-care system, the Ontario Child Benefit, and a subway to York University all have Sorbara’s fingerprints on them.

In Greg Sorbara: The Battlefield of Ontario Politics, the author brings you into the back rooms of the Ontario Liberal Party as some of the most significant changes in Ontario’s political history are made. He also gives readers an insider’s view of his party’s election strategies and dispels the myths surrounding the controversial gas plants cancellations.

Awards

Short-listed
Speaker’s Book Award
2015

Reviews

A great story of leadership, accomplishment, and good humour …

former leader of the Ontario Liberal Party (1967–76)

This is a must read for anyone interested in Ontario politics. Greg Sorbara takes us on the roller-coaster ride of the past three decades encompassing seven premiers, three different parties in power, and a sea change in the province’s economic and political culture. To accompany us on the ride, there is a rich supply of insider anecdotes from someone who was directly involved in all the changes.

former Queen’s Park columnist for the Toronto Star, 1997–2007

Greg Sorbara weaves the personal and political in charting the rise and fall of premiers and providing back-stories on leadership conventions, general elections and thorny political issues. A great read for students of politics in Ontario and lots of grist for the media.

Tony Dean, cabinet secretary and head of the OPS (2002–08), professor at the School of Public Policy & Governance at University of Toronto

School of Public Policy & Governance at University of Toronto

This is an immediate, informative take on twenty-five years of Ontario’s political history, with a sharp eye to the future.

editor-in-chief, The Globe and Mail, 1989–99

If you were alive between 1985 and 2014, you'll want to read this book — it’s a winner.

president emeritus, York University

An inspiring story, laced with humour and unique insight that will warm the hearts of political aficionados everywhere.

deputy chair of TD Bank and former premier of New Brunswick

[An] insightful book from one of modern Ontario’s most influential figures. It provides deep insight and personal reflections on both the policy process and the real world of politics [and] from a man who has shaped the evolution of Ontario as much as anyone in the past three decades.

University of Toronto

About the Author

Greg Sorbara

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Greg Sorbara

Greg Sorbara served in two Liberal administrations and was Ontario's minister of finance from 2003 to 2007. He most recently represented the riding of Vaughan as a member of the legislative assembly of Ontario until his retirement in 2012. He lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.