Unconventional Candour


George Smitherman tells all about his successes and failures as a politician — in Ontario's legislature and in Toronto's city hall — and shares the joys and sorrows of his personal life.

From modest beginnings, George Smitherman rose to become one of the most powerful politicians in Ontario and then plunged back down to earth, defeated by one of the most notorious: Rob Ford — and again in the Toronto municipal election of 2018, a victim of Doug Ford's unprecedented reduction of the size of city council . This memoir takes readers on the roller-coaster ride of his career and his personal life as a gay man struggling with the constraints of society and family.

Along the way, gain candid insights into the hardball politics of city hall and the provincial legislature, and the Liberal government under Dalton McGuinty, including accomplishments like prescription drug reforms and the green energy plan, and the so-called scandals of eHealth, Ornge, and gas plants. Learn how he lost the mayoral race to Ford but managed to rebound from that defeat, as well as from the suicide of his husband.

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