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The inside story of Tom Mulcair’s rise from modest, middle-class beginnings to the threshold of power.
He has been called the strongest Opposition leader in the television era; he was also known in Québec as the provincial Opposition’s “pit bull.” Here, in his own words, and for the first time, is the inside story of Tom Mulcair’s rise from modest, middle-class beginnings to the threshold of power. Discover the man behind the headlines: who he is, how he thinks, and how he comes by the values that shaped his character. Unwavering in his convictions, he shares behind-the-scenes information on the reasons why he resigned as Québec’s minister of the environment under Charest; his decision to rejoin the New Democratic Party; and what it was like working closely with Jack Layton to help spearhead the “Orange Wave” that swept the NDP into power as the Official Opposition in the 2011 federal election. Alongside this, Mulcair also sheds light on such nation-defining events as past immigration and environmental policies, the Québec Referendum, Native residential schools and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Harper government’s Anti-Terrorism Act.
In this book, Mulcair reveals his vision for the country, and his position on the issues that matter most — making Strength of Conviction an essential read for all Canadians with an interest in our nation’s future.
In this accessible memoir, Mulcair, leader of Canada's New Democratic Party, writes that his deep philosophical convictions came from the values learned from his Irish Catholic father and French-Canadian Catholic mother. In a family of 11, he witnessed the necessity of consultation, cooperation, and conciliation, which translated into a lifelong commitment to honor dignity, respect, fair treatment and equal opportunity for everyone. Despite financial challenges, Mulcair acquired two law degrees by age 24 and began working in the Quebec department of justice, where he saw policy ideas translated into laws and acquired the fundamental foundation and impetus for his life's work. The book details his career in Quebec's civil service and provincial politics, where he earned the nickname of "Opposition Pit Bull." There are more personal views of Mulcair in chapters about his wife and soulmate Catherine and their family. In 2006, when federal parties began wooing Mulcair, Jack Layton and the NDP won him over, and he describes the party's remarkable rise in the 2011 election. Although the book is political and out just ahead of the 2015 federal election, it is written in a warm, friendly style that offers readers the opportunity to get to know the man who would be prime minister.
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A worthwhile read for all Canadians.
I read Justin Trudeau's book last week and Mr. Mulcair's book this week. Both are worthwhile.
"Strength of Conviction" gives a clear picture of where Mr. Mulcair hopes to take the NDP. We get a sense of where he is coming from and where he is going. In the bargain, we find out a lot of history of the successes and failures of federal and provincial governments of all stripes, with a focus on Quebec.
At times there are many names of people being acknowledged for their contributions. I found this part a bit tedious, but overall, Tom Mulcair has demonstrated that he can author a book worth reading. As the title implies, I met a man who seem very committed to his ideals and who has passed up personal gain to follow his moral compass.
Strength of convictions
A book that all of us should read