"An admirably simple, sharp, and witty statement of Pierre Trudeau's political philosophy."
-Globe and Mail
No man played a more prominent role in modern Canadian political life than Pierre Elliott Trudeau. He was loved, he was hated, but most of all, he mattered.
Trudeau burst like a comet onto the federal political scene, becoming Canada's fifteenth prime minister in 1968. But as this collection of essays from the 1950s clearly shows, Trudeau had thought long and hard about the fundamental principles of government and politics before gaining the national
spotlight. Approaches to Politics is an essential introduction both to the political philosophy of Pierre Trudeau and to the eternal principles underlying democracy-a book as relevant and readable today as when it was first published four decades ago.
Approaches to Politics is a WYNFORD
book-one of a series of titles representing significant milestones in Canadian literature, thought, and scholarship, made available once again to a new generation of readers. This edition includes a new foreword by noted historian Ramsay Cook, as well as Cook's original introductory essay and a
prefatory note by Jacques Hébert.
Ramsay Cook: Foreword to the Wynford Edition
Ramsay Cook: Introduction
Jacques Hébert: Prefatory note
1. Government by mediocrities
2. When madmen think they are ministers and MPs
3. To prevent sedition...
4. The just man must go to prison...
5. Must the tyrant
6. Obedience - but to whom?
7. Undermining the majesty of the state
8. The election
9. A state made to measure
10. Tyrannicide, the Jesuits, and Father de Léry
11. The revolution and Mr André Dagenais
12. Social contract and popular sovereignty
13. The statesman as servant
14. The argument from authority
15. The jitters
16. When the people are in power
17. Contempt of the legislature
18. The right of protest
19. St Thomas agrees with Karl Marx
20. For a living democracy
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Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000) was elected the fifteenth prime minister of Canada in 1968, remaining in office until 1979 and serving a final term from 1980 to 1984. Intellectual, charismatic, flamboyant, he is one of the seminal figures of twentieth-century Canadian political life. Before
gaining the national spotlight, he was a widely published essayist and critic of Quebec's Duplessis government.
Ramsay Cook is one of Canada's most highly regarded historians. He contributed the original introductory essay to Approaches to Politics as well as a new foreword written
especially for this edition.
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