À partir de telles listes, le Centre cPearson cherchera non seulement à mettre en exergue des ouvrages et autres documents aux idées progressistes, centristes et libérales, mais aussi à attirer l’attention sur leur substance, ce que les gens aux idées progressistes recherchent en quelque sorte : Que disent la gauche et la droite ? Que disent les critiques ? Comment se déroule la bataille qui cherche à gagner le cœur et l’esprit des Canadiens et Canadiennes ?

Nous espérons que chaque liste ainsi rédigée suscitera énormément de discussions et débats, tout en faisant mieux connaître les opinions et autres points de vue libéraux/progressistes. Le Centre canadien les mettra à jour puis les distribuera deux fois par an, soit avant l’arrivée de l’été et des fêtes de Noël/Hannoucah.

Note aux lecteurs et lectrices

Nous demanderons régulièrement aux membres et participants du Centre Pearson de nous faire parvenir leurs recommandations au sujet des listes. Les brefs résumés nous viennent de lecteurs ou lectrices qui désirent avancer des recommandations, ou encore d’éditeurs. Les points de vue publiés ici même et dans les ouvrages et sites Web ne sont pas nécessairement ceux du Centre Pearson. Nous favorisons plutôt l’acquisition de connaissances de diverses perspectives, et désirons faciliter un dialogue libre. Nous tenons à adresser nos remerciements à Erica van Wyngaarden qui se charge de coordonner ce projet.

Christmas reading list 2015 (Hill Times + more)

Hill Times list of the Top 100 books.

I have culled their list of 100 and and left you with a shorter list of 50, albeit still a long list and I have added a few at the end…. that’s me, Andrew Cardozo!:

1. A National Force: The Evolution of Canada’s Army, 1950-2000, by Peter Kasurak, UBC Press, 368 pp., $34.95.
6. Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, by Adrienne Clarkson, House of Anansi Press Inc., 224 pp., $19.95.
7. Bending the Cost Curve in Health Care: Canada’s Provinces in International Perspective, edited by Gregory P. Marchildon and Livio Di Matteo, University of Toronto Press, 448 pp., $100.
8. Blocking Public Participation: The Use of Strategic Litigation to Silence Political Expression, by Byron Sheldrick, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 182 pp., $29.99.
10. Building Nations from Diversity: Canadian and American Experience Compared, by Garth Stevenson, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 344 pp., $29.95.
11. Canada and the Crown: Essays in Constitutional Monarchy, edited by Michael Jackson and Philippe Lagassé, foreword by Governor General David Johnston, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 320 pp., $39.95.
14. Canada in Cities: The Politics and Policy of Federal-Local Governments, edited by Katherine A.H. Graham and Caroline Andrew, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 304 pp., $29.95.
21. Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis, edited by Gregory J. Inwood and Carolyn M. Johns, University of Toronto Press, 334 pp., $24.47.
22. Common Ground, by Justin Trudeau, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 352 pp., $32.50.
23. Conservatism in Canada, edited by James Farney and David Rayside, University of Toronto Press, pp. 400, $34.95.
24. Copyfight: The Global Politics of Digital Copyright Reform, by Blayne Haggart, University of Toronto Press, 370 pp., $37.95.
25. Counterfeit Crime: Criminal Profits, Terror Dollars, and Nonsense, by R.T. Taylor, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 312 pp., $29.95.
26. Democracy in Decline: Steps in the Wrong Direction, by James Allan, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 200 pp., $29.95.
29. Duffy: Stardom to Senate to Scandal, by Dan Leger, Nimbus Publishing, 221 pp., $29.95.
30. Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online, edited by Rosemary J. Coombe, Darren Wershler, and Martin Zeilinger, University of Toronto Press, 442 pp., $37.95.
31. Employment Equity in Canada: The Legacy of the Abella Report, edited by Carol Agócs, foreword by Justice Rosalie Abella, University to Toronto Press, 352 pp., $34.95.
32. Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration, and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, by Paul Evans, University of Toronto Press, pp. $19.95.
34. Environmental Policy in North America: Approaches, Capacity, and the Management of Transboundary Issues, by Robert G. Healy, Debora L. VanNijnatten, and Marcela López-Vallejo, 216 pp., $34.95.
35. 14 Days: Making The Conservative Movement in Canada, by Bruce Carson, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 280 pp., $34.95.
38. Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada, by Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, UBC Press, 260 pp., $32.95.
40. Harperism: How Stephen Harper And His Think Tank Colleagues Have Transformed Canada, by Donald Gutstein, Lorimer, 288 pp., $22.95.
41. How Ottawa Spends 2014-2015: The Harper Government—Good to Go?, edited by G. Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 207 pp., $34.95.
42. Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy in Canada, by Brent Rathgeber, Dundurn, 168 pp., $19.99.
49. Liberating Temporariness? Migration, Work, and Citizenship in an Age of Insecurity, edited by Leah F. Vosko, Valerie Preston, and Robert Latham, 360 pp., $34.95.
50. Looking West: Regional Transformation And The Future of Canada, by Loleen Berdahl and Roger Gibbons, University of Toronto Press, 177 pp., $29.95.
51. Macdonald at 200: New Reflections and Legacies, edited by Patrice Dutil and Roger Hall, afterword by Richard Gwyn, 470 pp., $25.08.
53. Mission Invisible: Race, Religion, and News at the Dawn of the 9/11 Era, by Ross Perigoe and Mahmoud Eid, UBC Press, 332 pp., 434.95.
54. On Being Here to Stay: Treaties and Aboriginal Rights in Canada, by Michael Asch, University of Toronto Press, pp. 217, $24.95.
55. Our Scandalous Senate, by J. Patrick Boyer, Dundurn, pp. 387, $24.99.
56. Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover, by Michael Harris, Penguin Group Canada, 544 pp., $33.95.
59. Political Communication in Canada: Meet the Press and Tweet the Rest, edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson, and Tamara A. Small, UBC Press, 272 pp., $95.
61. Publicity and the Canadian State: Critical Communications Perspectives, edited by Kirsten Kozolanka, University of Toronto Press, 377 pp., $34.95.
62. Racisms in a Multiculturalism Canada: Paradoxes, Politics, and Resistance, by Augie Fleras, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 342 pp., $44.99.
65. Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP, edited by David Laycock and Lynda Erickson, UBC Press, 304 pp. $95.
66. Rise To Greatness: The History of Canada from The Vikings to the Present, by Conrad Black, McClelland & Stewart, 1,106 pp., $50.
70. Selling Sex: Experience, Advocacy, and Research on Sex Work in Canada, edited by Emily van der Meulen, Elya M. Durisin, and Victoria Love, UBC Press, 364 pp., $34.95.
71. Sex Work: Rethinking the Job, Respecting the Workers, by Colette Parent, Chris Bruckert, Patrice Corriveau, Maria Nengeh Mensah, and Louise Toupin, translated from the French by Käthe Roth, UBC Press, 160 pp., $24.95.
77. The Battlefield of Ontario Politics: An Autobiography, by Greg Sorbara, Dundurn, 222 pp., $24.99.
78. The Battle of London: Trudeau, Thatcher, and The Fight for Canada’s Constitution, by Frédéric Bastien, translated by Jacob Homel, Dundurn, 408 pp., $32.99.
79. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 30+ Years of Decisions That Shape Canadian Life, by Ian Greene, Lorimer, 440 pp., $24.95.
84. The Morning After: The 1995 Referendum and The Day That Almost Was, by Chantal Hébert and with Jean Lapierre, Knopf Canada, 299 pp., $29.95.
85. The Multiculturalism Question: Debating Identity in 21st Century Canada, edited by Jack Jedwab, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 300 pp., 439.95.
91. This Changes Every Thing: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein, Knopf Canada, 566 pp., $36.95.
92. Thumper: The Memoirs of the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald, by Donald S. Macdonald with Rod McQueen, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 256 pp., $34.95.
93. Two Days In June: John F. Kennedy and The 48 Hours That Made History, by Andrew Cohen, Signal McClelland & Stewart, pp. 404, $34.
94. Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy, by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, Random House Canada, 274 pp., $29.95.
95. Truth & Indignation: Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools, by Ronald Niezen, University of Toronto Press, 173 pp., $24.95.
96. Up Ghost River: A Chief’s Journey Through the Turbulent Waters of Native History, by Edmund Metatawabin with Alexandra Shimo, Knopf Canada, 316 pp., $32.
97. Winning Power: Canadian Campaigning in the 21st Century, by Tom Flanagan, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 248 pp., $34.95.
98. What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise and Collapse of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government, by Graham Steele, Nimbus, 184 pp., $21.95.
99. Who We Are: Reflections On My Life and Canada, by Elizabeth May, Greystone, 214 pp., $29.95.

—Compiled by Hill Times editor Kate Malloy
This list has been updated and corrected from last week’s list which repeated two titles.

Other books suggested by Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre

Charlie Angus, Children of the Broken Treaty
Armando Garnat Ruffo, Norval Morrisseau: Man changing into thunderbird
Karl Nerenberg, Harper vs. Canada: Five Ways of Looking at the Conservative Regime
Wab Kinew, The reason you walk

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Summer 2013

The Juggler’s Children

By Carolyn Abraham


She addresses interesting questions around the genetics of identity, race and humanity, and tells a story about our small world, with vivid proof that genes bind us all to the branches of a family tree. Hers starts in India and China, goes through England and on to Canada.

La bataille de Londres

By Frédéric Bastien

Au lendemain du référendum de 1980, Pierre Elliott Trudeau reprend son rêve de rapatrier la Constitution. Il demandera au parlement britannique d’adopter une loi qui fera enfin du Canada un pays pleinement indépendant. Un livre controversé.

The Blaikie Report: An insider’s look at faith and politics

By Bill Blaikie


Former NDP MP Blaikie discusses his views on the interseciton of religion and politics and talks about his concerns from a progressive perspective.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business and Culture and What It Means for Our Future

By Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson

An analysis of what the writers believe is the conservative “shift” that is happening in the country. Doom for non-Conservatives.

(Recommended by Daphne Lobo)

Centre for American Progress

Website of a leading American progressive and Democratic think tank.

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Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Economy

By Bill Clinton


The former President calls for government to provide smart solutions for the economic challenges of tomorrow, and seeks to antiquity the previous understanding of "big and small" styles of governance.

(Recommended by Andrew Vittas)

Pearson (Extraordinary Canadians series)

By Andrew Cohen

He argues that few leaders have changed this country so profoundly in such a short time.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

The Group of Twenty (G20)

By Andrew F. Cooper and Ramesh Thakur

This is an assessment of the collaborative efforts by the nations that produce 80% of global economic output in defining the crucial existential issues of our time. Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin created the G20 Finance Ministers that evolved into the G20 at the height of the economic crisis and there may have been a very different outcome had there not been a G20.

(Recommended by Kathryn Kotris)

The Strange Death of Liberal England

By George Dangerfield

Dangerfield argues that four great rebellions before the Great War effectively destroyed the Liberal Party as a party of government. These rebellions were the Conservative Party's fight against the Parliament Act 1911; the threat of civil war in Ireland; the Suffragette movement; and the increasingly militant trade unions

(Recommended by Matthew Lombardi)

Original People, Original Television: The Launching of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

By Jennifer David

An insider’s enthusiastic and exciting account of the launching of the world’s first indigenous television service.

Obama’s America: Unmasking the American Dream

By Dinesh D'Souza


A harsh critique of the Obama presidency; insightful exposé on how American conservatives attack the Democrats.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

That used to be us: How America fell behind in the world it invented and how we can come back

By Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum


Friedman is author of the iconic, The World is Flat. Another in the series of his insightful look at how the world is changing.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

What’s the Matter with Kansas?: How Conservatives Won the Heart of America.

By Thomas Frank

This book was recommended to me and it is on my summer reading list. It is explains why so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests by analyzing what has happened in Kansas over the last 30 years.

(Recommended by Daphne Lobo)

Outliers: The story of success

By Malcolm Gladwell

By reading between the lines, Gladwell discusses essential enabling conditions for a progressive audience in an easy to read format This is particularly relevant for all progressives.

(Recommended by Colin Lynch)

Nellie McClung, Part of the Extraordinary Canadians Series

By Charlote Gray

This is the story of Nellie McClung, one of Canada’s greatest female politicians.  Although Nellie was a great temperance worker and speaker, her own family battled alcoholism and mental illness.  Charlotte Gray’s version of Nellie is political, interesting and valuable for women that want to enter and be successful in public life. (Rec. by Isabel Metcalfe)

(Recommended by Isabel Metcalfe)

Champlain’s Dream

By David Hackett Fischer

This is one of the best books I have read.  This summer there will be many celebrations about Champlain and this book is one of the best.  Of key significance for Canadian history was his important alliances with Canada’s First Nations who helped them through the horrific winters, travelled with him over many lands and taught them about the wonders of the canoe. 

(Recommended by Isabel Metcalfe)

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

By Jonathan Haidt

This book will help you understand how conservatives, progressives and those in the mushy middle think. And more importantly that moral judgments arise not from reason but from gut feelings. It will help any progressive communicate their ideas to a broader audience.

(Recommended by Daphne Lobo)

Speech to the Public Policy Forum, April 11, 2013;

By Alex Himelfarb


Video of a spirited defence of the role of public servants in an era when that role has been denigrated too much of late.

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Un destin pour la France

By Francois Hollande

Lancé dans la campagne des primaires socialistes, François Hollande a néanmoins eu le temps de prendre sa petite plume pour signer Un destin pour la France, édité chez Fayard. Au sein de ce livre programme, le candidat prend l’étoffe d’un présidentiable.

Divided Loyalties: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1984-2008

By Jeffrey Brooke

An insiders' account of the Chrétien-Martin rivalry through several years of Liberal government and beyond.

(Recommended by Matthew Lombardi)

The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate

By Robert D. Kaplan

Kaplan builds on the insights, discoveries, and theories of great geographers and geopolitical thinkers to look back at critical pivots in history and then to look forward at the evolving global scene. He traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other embattled lands.

(Recommended by Zack Paikin)

The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs, and Anyone Who Wants to Win

By Warren Kinsella

This is Kinsella’s exposé on the Conservative Party’s play book. In other words, know thine enemy

(Recommended by Daphne Lobo)

Fight the Right, A manual for survuving the coming Conservative apocalypse

By Warren Kinsella


A partisan and sometimes scathing, assessment of the growing strength of the federal conservative movement and his uncompromising view that progressive parties have to join together.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

John J. Kirton

By G20 Governance for a Globalized World

The author discusses that the direction of governance is becoming more inclusive and (hopefully) effective with the convergence of developing and developed nations creating public policy at the global level. 

(Recommended by Kathryn Kotris)

On China

By Henry Kissinger


A thorough analysis of Sino-American diplomacy, and an important resource for those specializing in the increasingly relevant field of politics in East-Asia.

Global Warring: How Environment, Economics, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map

By Cleo Pascal

She extrapolates from recent environmental disasters – such as Hurricane Katrina, the deadly European heatwave, and the Asian tsunami – to illustrate what we can expect as climate change causes extreme and unpredictable weather. She then examines how these forces will alter each region of the world and identifies who is most vulnerable. Of particular interest to Canadian readers is her perceptive dissection of the issues surrounding the Arctic.

(Recommended by Zack Paikin)


Leadnow.ca is an independent advocacy organization that brings generations of Canadians together to achieve progress through democracy.We're working together to build a stronger democracy that protects our environment, creates economic opportunity while increasing equality, and guarantees that everyone receives the care they need"

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How to Fix Copyright

By William Patry


A thought provoking analysis of contemporary copyright laws and their impact upon the growing industry of tech creativity, and users.Patry proposes a complete overhaul of not just copyright policies, but also a new definition of the roles and responsibilities of creators, providers, and users.

(Recommended by Andrew Vittas)

Progressive Policy Institute

A long time progressive think tank that gave rise to Bill Clinton’s “New Democrats”.

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Québec solidaire est né du rassemblement de femmes et d’hommes qui ne se reconnaissaient plus dans la politique québécoise et ses représentants-es.

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An active left wing website, developed by some of the Canadian left's icons such as Judy Rebick and Duncan Cameron (former editor of the now defunct Canadian Forum), Regularly updated with lots of provocative analyses of issues.

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Contender: The Justin Trudeau Story

By Althia Raj


An early ebook on Trudeau before he became leader that offers more background than is well known.

(Recommended by Andrew Cardozo)

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Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead

By Sheryl Sandberg

This is a guide book for all in understanding and resolving the challenges which women continue to face in attaining leadership and executive positions in all forms of public and private endeavours. Sandberg provides actionable and pertinent advice in how to resolve these challenges in a well written and interesting format.

(Recommended by Erica van Wyngaarden)

The Persons Case: the Origins and Legacy of the Fight for Legal Personhood

By Robert J. Sharpe & Patricia McMahon

The Famous 5, those elderly ladies from Alberta, remain the only ones who reformed the Senate of Canada.

(Recommended by Isabel Metcalfe)

The Global Economy, the U.S. Election and the Fiscal Cliff: Where are we now?

By Lawrence Summers


Video from the most recent Canada 2020 forum.

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Mighty Judgement: How The Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life

By Philip Slayton


A provocative, if controversial call to reform the Supreme Court of Canada utilizing democratic principals, and to educate Canadians as to the role and increasing power of the highest court in Canada.

(Recommended by Andrew Vittas)

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