The Best Laid Plans (Paperback)
McClelland & Stewart, 9780771047589, 314pp.
Publication Date: September 5, 2008
This book beat out work by Douglas Coupland and Will Ferguson because it is very, very good--a terrific Canadian political satire.
Here's the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election--but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock--an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers--to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on.
Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn't care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious--and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.
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Praise For The Best Laid Plans…
“Amusing, enlightening — and Canadian, and it deftly explores the Machiavellian machinations of Ottawa’s political culture.” - Globe and Mail
“This is a funny book that could only have been written by someone with firsthand knowledge of politics in Canada, including its occasionally absurd side. This is a great read for anyone thinking of running for office, and especially reassuring for those who have decided not to.” – The Hon. Allan Rock, former Justice Minister and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations