Poisoned Chalice chronicles the fateful end of the feredral Progressive Conservative government in Ottawa. In a day-by-day account of an election campaign seemingly doomed to disaster Poisoned Chalice covers the strategy, tactics and political machinations that drove the Conservative campaign from the point of view of someone on the bus.close this panel
David McLaughlin has worked with PC governments in new Brunswick and Ottawa for over 13 years as a senior aide. In 1993 he was appointed as chief of staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. He went on to serve Kim Campbell as a senior political and policy adviser during the 1993 election campaign.
He has a BA in history and political science from Mount Allison University, an MA in international affairs from Carleton University, and an MBA from the University of Bath (England).close this panel
"... probably the best account ever written of a Canadian election campaign."
"On the whole, McLaughlin's account is clear and persuasive."
"For anyone with even a passing interest in Canadian politics, David McLaughlin's story is as compelling as the black box recordings of a doomed air crew."