Engaging Canadian Politics

By: Hamish Telford, PhD, University of the Fraser Valley
© 2021
ISBN: 9781775388449
Print Price: $69.95 + shipping
Digital Price: $62.96


Designed to provide a more accessible and engaging introduction to Canadian politics, Hamish Telford's Engaging Canadian Politics is an up-to-date, thought provoking and practical resource for a first course in Canadian Politics.  Telford's informal and conversational tone, weaves theory, history, and questions of diversity throughout the narrative, presenting fundamental concepts and ideas from the perspective of a first-time voter. Employing a laddered approach to the material, the text introduces the basics of Canadian politics with the complexity of the material increasing in each chapter of the text. Engaging Canadian Politics will provide students with the vocabulary and conceptual tools to follow politics in the media, to engage in political discourse with family and friends, and to participate in the political process as critical citizens.

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“Perfectly pitched for an intro text, beautifully organized, lucidly written and delightfully engaging…the book features exactly what I cover in my course, no more no less, and in exactly the same order as I’ve been teaching the material for years.”

Professor Linda Trimble - University of Alberta

“I can say, without hesitation, that this is the best introduction to Canadian politics texts I have ever read, and I have been teaching Canadian politics for 35 years!”

Professor Don Desserud – University of Prince Edward Island


Professor Telford talks with CBC News after Gov. Gen. Mary Simon's first throne speech -

November 23, 2021 https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1977159235554


Professor Telford answers viewers questions on “Ask CBC" Election Edition with CBC's Carole MacNeil – September 9, 2021 https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1944161347534

and September 17, 2021 https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1947530307551


Table of Contents

Part I Introduction

   Chapter 1: The Rules of the Game

   Chapter 2: The Political Culture of Canada

Part II Politics and the Old Constitution

   Chapter 3: Political Parties

   Chapter 4: Elections

   Chapter 5: The Executive

   Chapter 6: Parliament

   Chapter 7: Federalism

Part III Politics and the New Constitution

   Chapter 8: Patriation

   Chapter 9: The Charter and the Courts

   Chapter 10: Aboriginal Rights

   Chapter 11: Constitutional Paralysis

Part IV Conclusion

   Chapter 12: We Are the Demos

About the Author
Hamish Telford is an associate professor of political science at the University of the Fraser Valley.  He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 1999, a MA at McGill University and a BA at the University of Toronto. He is a past president of the BC Political Studies Association and has twice served on the board of the Canadian Political Science Association. Hamish is a frequent commentator on Canadian and BC politics in the national and international media and has also authored several books and articles. He can be followed on Twitter @HamishTelford.

Engaging Canadian Politics

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