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Wiseman surveys history of Canada’s political parties in engaging new book, Partisan Odysseys

By Kate Malloy      

Longtime politicial science professor Nelson Wiseman talks about his new book, Partisan Odysseys: Canada's Political Parties.

Nelson Wiseman, pictured in this file photo in Ottawa. 'The book offers readers a broad factual synthetic picture of the parties as historical and legal organizations. A point that could have been made more explicit in the book is how, in one respect, party operation has come full circle.' The Hill Times file photograph by Jake Wright

Nelson Wiseman, director of the Canadian studies program at the University of Toronto and a longtime political science professor, says he realized Canadians weren’t terribly aware of some of the historical forces that have shaped our country’s federal political parties, so he wrote Partisan Odysseys: Canada’s Political Parties. The book, published by the University of Toronto Press this year, is well-written, engaging, and an important body of work that offers a condensed look at the history of Canada’s political parties.

Kate Malloy

Kate Malloy is the editor-in-chief of The Hill Times.
- kmalloy@hilltimes.com


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