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Meslin’s first-ever book a condemnation of and prescription for all that ails modern Canadian politics

By Laura Ryckewaert      

As in a forest, old trees fall down to make way for the new—and there are ‘a bunch of old dead trees in Ottawa’ right now, says Canadian activist Dave Meslin.

Activist Dave Meslin, founder of the Toronto Public Space Committee and Cycle Toronto, has a new book out, Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up. Published by Penguin Canada, Mr. Meslin’s 363-page book is the longtime activist’s first—'and last,' he quipped—and is the product of six years of research and writing. Photograph courtesy of Mitchel Raphael

Author and activist Dave Meslin doesn’t mince his words in describing what he sees as an ailing political system in Canada, calling it a “childish circus” and a “demoralizing farce,” plagued by toxic discourse, and populated by unrepresentative party “cartels.” His prescription, as laid out in his new book: tear it all down, and rebuild from scratch.

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