8
Tuesday
Sep
2015
Centretown United Church507 Bank St.
7:00pm

John Ibbitson
on Stephen Harper

Hosted by Andrew Cohen
"He is a lion in autumn, weaker than in his prime, but still a force of nature. He faces his fifth, and perhaps final, test as national leader. But in a way, the result won’t matter. Whether Stephen Harper wins or loses the general election of October 19 is moot. He has already reshaped Canada. And Canada will not easily be changed back.
— John Ibbitson
John Ibbitson - Photo courtesy of Fred Lum - The Globe and Mail

Join the Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson for the launch of his authoritative biography of Stephen Harper.

As one of the important prime ministers in the life of our nation, Stephen Harper has reshaped Canada into a more conservative country, a transformation that his opponents tacitly admit will never be reversed. Under its 22nd prime minister, Canada shows the world a plainer, harder face. Those who praise Harper point to the Conservatives' economic management, the new trade agreements, the tax cuts and the fight against terrorism. Critics--pointing to punitive punishments, muzzled scientists, assaults on the judiciary, and contempt for parliament--accuse the Harper government of being autocratic, secretive and cruel.
    
But what about the man? In this definitive new biography, bestselling author John Ibbitson explores the life of the most important Canadian of our times--his suburban youth, the crisis that caused him to quit university for three years, the forces that shaped his tempestuous relationship with Reform Leader Preston Manning, how Laureen Harper influences her husband, his devotion to his children--and his cats.

Ibbitson explains how this shy, closed, introverted loner united a fractured conservative movement, defeated a Liberal hegemony, and set out to reshape the nation. With unparalleled access to sources, years of research and writing, and a depth of insight that has made him one of the most respected voices in journalism, John Ibbitson presents an intimate, detailed portrait of a man who has remained an enigma to supporters and enemies alike.

 

This event is organized in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts to mark the 2015 edition of the Governor General’s Literary Awards.

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