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Governing Canada

A Guide to the Tradecraft of Politics

A look behind the curtain at how the Canadian government functions.

Have you ever wondered how the day-to-day business of government works? What do prime ministers and ministers do when away from the spotlight of Question Period? How does a government stay on track, and how can a career be derailed? How can a new minister balance the conflicting demands of their chief of staff, their department, their constituency office, and their family at home? In this practical handbook, Michael Wernick, a career public servant with decades of experience in the highest levels of the Canadian government, shares candid advice and information that is usually only provided behind closed doors. From cautioning against common pitfalls to outlining the skills needed to succeed, Wernick lays the business of governance bare. It’s a first-time look behind the curtain at how government functions, and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the business of Canadian politics.

216 pages | 5 x 8

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Table of Contents

1 A View from the Desk in the Corner
2 Power in the Capital
3 Advice to a Prime Minister
4 Advice to a Minister
5 Advice to a Deputy Minister
6 Looking to the Future

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