The Candidate

The Candidate

Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Book - 2016
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During the 2015 federal election, approximately 1200 political campaigns were held across Canada. One of those campaigns belonged to author, journalist and political neophyte Noah Richler. Recruited by the NDP to run in the bellwether riding of Toronto-St Paul's, he was handed £350 and told he would lose. But as veteran NDP activists and social-media-savvy newbies joined his campaign, Richler found himself increasingly insulated from the stark reality that his campaign was flailing, imagining instead that he was headed to Parliament Hill.
Publisher: Toronto :, Doubleday Canada,, 2016, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385687270
Branch Call Number: 324. 971 RIC R
Characteristics: 378 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Jan 30, 2017

This is a fairly readable diary of a first-time candidate for federal MP, that reveals quite a lot of behind-the-scenes details of political planning, campaign strategy, and inter-party pettiness - including some of the author's own. It gives a clear idea of what the experience of running for office is like, and provides some insight into why voters need more and better information before choosing a candidate.

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