(excerpt from) The Star
May’s book calls Harper ‘a cheater’
Green leader says PM had cheat sheet for debate, accuses Layton of sabotaging climate-change talks
Joanna Smith / Apr 14, 2009 04:30 AM
…[Green Party of Canada Leader Elizabeth] May paints a bleak picture in Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, published yesterday, which contains little of the insider gossip often found in books written by politicians, but reads like a primer on the big political stories of the past few years.
Using newspaper archives, academic studies and personal recollections, May gives her take on how cabinet ministers are muzzled; how politicians fear taking on an RCMP that played a role in bringing the Conservatives to power; how the government overrides the decisions of independent watchdogs; and how a “supine media” owned by a handful of conglomerates is asleep at the switch.
May, a former executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada who became Green party leader in 2006, reserves her harshest criticism for [Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen] Harper, although sparing him the full blame for “this nadir in our parliamentary tradition” by describing him as “merely the most recent and very worst of any Canadian prime minister in terms of his approach.”
But May also has strong words for NDP [New Democratic Party of Canada] Leader Jack Layton, whom she accuses of conspiring with Harper to bring down the Liberal minority government of Paul Martin on Nov. 28, 2005, just as a UN climate-change meeting opened in Montreal, thereby depriving the government of the chance to “look good on the world stage.”…
The Vancouver Courier reports that Elizabeth May will make an appearance at a book store in Vancouver to launch her book. Tuesday, April 21st at 7pm at Chapters store at Granville and Broadway streets.