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Rogue in Power

Why Stephen Harper is Remaking Canada by Stealth

By Christian Nadeau, Translated by Robert Chodos and Eric Hamovitch and Susan Joanis

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Canada has always been known as a good place to live: a tolderant, prosperous, stable country that treats its citizens fairly and protects the weakest in society. Yet during the past seven years, it has started to change into a harder, more mean-spirited place. What is going on?

According to political scientist Christian Nadeau, this transformation is being engineered by Stephen Harper and the neo-con ideologues around him. The Conservatives have a clear agenda that they are implementing step by step. It is a well-planned and organized attack on justice and democracy as we have understood them to date.

Nadeau looks at how Harper and the Tories are systematically dismantling political, social, and cultural institutions--and with them, traditions and values--that many Canadians hold dear. He analyzes the wide range of actions and decisions that reflect this program: proroguing Parliament, appointing right-leaning judges, promoting a law-and-order agenda, trying to gut the gun registry, preventing the collection of impartial data through the Census, and shutting down social programs.

Rogue in Power is a compelling exploration of how Canada is being refashioned in broad daylight.


1 Why Does It Matter?
Hard Right Turn
The Road to Serfdom?
Reviewing the History 
Philosophical Explorations
The Origin of a Species: The Civitas Speech
A New Leviathan
Our Social Contract

2 Harper’s Assault on Democracy
The ABCs of Good Government
Did You Say Minority?
Prorogation as a Fine Art
The Census
The Appointment of Judges
The Senate

3 Security over Fredom
Controlling Parliamentary Committees
Fighting Freedom of Expression
An Obsession with Security
Discipline and, Above All, Punish
The Gun Registry

4 Harper and Fredom of Conscience
Arts and Science

5 Harper and Social Justice
The Economy
Federalism and Resource Distribution
The Status of Women
Aboriginal Issues
The Environment

6 Harper and International Justice 
International Assistance
Losing the North?
Is Harper Truly a Friend of Israel?
The Torture of Afghan Prisoners
A Child Soldier: Omar Khadr
The UN Security Council and Canadian Diplomacy



Nadeau's Rogue in Power is deeply unsettling on two counts. It demonstrates conclusively how effective Stephen Harper has been in capitalizing on political disaffection and in employing crude, undemocratic methods to nudge Canada in a conservative direction.

- Paul Bennett The Chronicle Herald

"What distinguishes Nadeau from most of Harper's detractors is that he writes from the perspective of a politically engaged philosopher who wants to link his activism with the insights of his academic field."

- Jean Coleno Montreal Review of Books

"It is clear that Nadeau believes critically thinking democrats will reject the impositional nature of Harpers social conservatism and join those who oppose the Conservative government....[the author reminds us to be cautious, to take a closer look at Stephen Harper and reflect on evidence of threats to our parliamentary democracy or policy changes that represent fundamental breaks from Canadian traditions. In this, [he does his readers a service."

- Steve Patten, University of Alberta Socialist Studies

"Nadeau does an admirable job of connecting the dots between conservative values and policies across a range of issue areas. He sheds light on a philosophically coherent agenda that has been hiding in plain sight. ...
Rogue in Power provides progressives with a very powerful analytical framework for monitoring the Harper government actions going forward. Combining it with an analysis of the interests connected to the Conservative project -- how they interact, reinforce each other, their cumulative impact -- will further deepen awareness and understanding, a necessary precondition to active resistance, which after all is Nadeau's ultimate purpose in writing the book."

- Bruce Campbell The Monitor

CHRISTIAN NADEAU is a professor at Université de Montréal, where he teaches philosophy and political ethics. He has published many articles and books, including Republicanism: History, Theory, and Practice.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
Publication Date: 7th March 2011
ISBN: 9781552777305
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text
Publication Date: 4th April 2011
ISBN: 9781552777312
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  BIO011000, POL056000
Imprint: Lorimer


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