Running for the People?: How Canadian Elections Favour the Career Politician

 
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Running for the People? is an insider's account of Canada's electoral process that reveals how deeply broken it is. Rem Westland ran in the 2011 federal election, representing the Conservative Party of Canada in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier. He describes the weakness of electoral district associations, the presumptions of party headquarters, the intricacies of campaign financing, and contemporary data-based systems that depersonalize politics at ground level. He is candid about how running for Parliament can damage professional and personal relationships.

Running for the People? poses sobering questions about the future of democracy. Westland argues that the electoral process is akin to a gauntlet of tests. Running the gauntlet is especially hard for novice candidates who have had a successful career outside of politics. Career politicians, Westland argues, have a tremendous advantage but they do not run for the people. Career politicians run for the political party they represent. When the chips are down they have trained themselves to do what the party wants them to do. In lucid prose, Westland cracks open an aspect of the political system that few experience and that even fewer ever speak or write honestly about.

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"Rem Westland pulls no punches and holds nothing back in Running for the People? A successful professional for over four decades, the formermilitary officer threw his hat into the ring as a Conservative Party ofCanada candidate for the 2011 election. Running for the People?is must reading for anyone who is interested in looking at theConservative Party of Canada from the inside and seeing how the big blue election machine functions."
--Bill Oliver, Editor e-Veritas (the e-newsletter for the Royal Military College Club of Canada)

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Rem Westland's background includes time in the Canadian Forces, senior level positions in the federal public service,and a position as vice president with a consulting firm advising on public policy. His observations on the electoral process draw from his thirty-year career, studies in political science at Canada's Royal Military College and at graduate school (Carleton University), and his nineteen - often arduous - months as a candidate. Westland divides his time between his home in Ottawa-Vanier and a cottage at Sharbot Lake,Ontario.

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