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Monique Bégin’s new memoir, Ladies, Upstairs, hits shelves in January

By Neil Moss      

Also, a communications aide to the federal justice minister recently became a Canadian, and the Supreme Court has a new executive legal officer.

Ladies, Upstairs!, by Monique Bégin; The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived The Great War, by Tim Cook; Beardmore: The Viking Hoax That Rewrote History, by Douglas Hunter; and Trust, Distrust, Mistrust in Multinational Democracies: Comparative Perspectives, edited by Dimitrios Karmis and François Rocher.

When she was first elected as a Quebec Liberal MP in 1972, Monique Bégin was among the first female MPs elected from the province, and the former Pierre Trudeau-era cabinet minister dives into her unique political experience in her upcoming book, Ladies, Upstairs!

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