Politics

Category: Politics

Little did I know four years ago when I began researching a book on the history of reporters on Parliament Hill — before the elections of Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump — that it would be published at the height of a great debate about the future of journalism and the credibility of its practitioners. But as sure as the word “news” follows “fake” these days, as I tour the country promoting Power, Prime Ministers and the Press, interviewers are asking questions that reflect an uncertain public mood about the press. Who to trust? What to believe?

I wrote the fifth Dan Sharp mystery, The God Game, during the much-publicized political antics of what became known as the Ford Nation. Its self-proclaimed leader, Rob Ford, was then mayor of Toronto. Like many, I was appalled by his aberrant behaviour, but dismissed it as a passing phase in Canadian history. Not for a moment did I think it was just the beginning of what in many ways is now the defining ethos of our current political era.

Recipe For Hate is a work of fiction – but, these days, the events it describes may feel very real.

Far Right racists in positions of power. Violent clashes in our streets. Extremism being treated as virtue. All of those things take place in Recipe For Hate, a novel set in the late Seventies. But they are happening on a near-daily basis in 2017, too.

DON BRAID: After more than a year's work, the big majority of it by co-author Sydney Sharpe, our book Notley Nation is coming to the bookstores.

SYDNEY SHARPE: Don Braid and I have written three books together. A marriage can only handle one book per decade. (I leave the math to you.) The other five I somehow managed on my own.

RIELLE BRAID: After quite some time of watching my badass mother and father (Don Braid and Sydney Sharpe) work their butts off, their new book is finally out and ready to be read by you!

My decision to write a book about my 50 political campaigns was influenced by a couple things. First. a desire to share a number of the lessons that I have learned along the way with future candidates and campaign managers and second, to provide entertaining reading for the many political junkies who enjoy hearing about what really happened behind the scenes in many important election or leadership campaigns.

When I set out to write Justin Trudeau’s biography, I knew it would be challenging. It would mean countless interviews, in-depth pre-Internet research and analysis. As a contemporary politician who was freshly elected as the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in April 2013 and wanted to become prime minister, there was little to go on. Unlike his father who had written at an early age, Justin Trudeau had not left a trail of articles about his perspective on politics, on governing, or on the issues of the day.

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