ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Books about Canadian political life tend to be about whatever is trending. Constitutional schisms and protecting our culture against Americanization used to be topical. So did federalism and Quebec’s place in Canada. Elections always command an excess of attention. So too do the accomplishments and failures of party leaders, particularly prime ministers. Throughout it all, the House of Commons and the Senate cut across all segments of Canadian society, and yet those institutions are rarely given book treatment.
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