Whipped Book Launch: Alex Marland in conversation with Megan Leslie
Do political parties give Canadian parliamentarians enough freedom to do their jobs? Award-winning author Alex Marland’s new book, Whipped: Party Discipline in Canada, takes an immersive look at the hidden world of party discipline, message control, and power. At this exclusive Samara Centre book launch, Alex will be joined in conversation by Megan Leslie, the widely respected former Member of Parliament.
We'll be giving one lucky viewer a copy of both Whipped and Real House Lives: Former Members of Parliament on How to Reclaim Democratic Leadership. Simply submit a question for Alex or Megan during the event in order to be entered into our book draw!
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About the speakers
ALEX MARLAND is a professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland and a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the author of Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control, which won the Donner Prize for best public policy book by a Canadian and an Atlantic Book Award. He is trusted by Canadian politicians, political staff, and other members of the public sector to respect their conditions for sharing information about what goes on behind the scenes in Canadian politics and governance.
MEGAN LESLIE is the president and CEO of World Wildlife Fund Canada. Prior to joining WWF, Megan was a Member of Parliament and represented Halifax for two terms. As a passionate environmentalist, she was proud to assume the roles of environment critic for the Official Opposition, and vice-chair of the government committee on environment and sustainable development. Megan is the proud recipient of a honourary degree from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax and is a Senior Policy Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. She holds a BA in social and political thought and history and a certificate in refugee migration studies from York University, and also holds a LL.B. from Dalhousie University.
MIKE MORDEN is the Interim Executive Director of the Samara Centre for Democracy. Mike joined the Samara Centre in 2017 from the Mowat Centre, a public policy think tank at the University of Toronto. Previously, he was a SSHRC postdoctoral research fellow in Canadian politics at Western and Wilfrid Laurier Universities, a senior policy advisor in the government of Ontario, and a research associate with the Mosaic Institute. Mike holds a PhD in political science from the University of Toronto, and loves producing new evidence, and linking knowledge to concrete action.