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Campaign Confessions

Tales from the War Rooms of Politics

by John Laschinger, with Geoffrey Stevens, foreword by Peter Mansbridge

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A National Bestseller!
Canada’s Only Full-Time Political Campaign Manager — 50 Campaigns in 45 Years with 30 Victories
John Laschinger opens the doors to the backrooms and war rooms of the political campaigns he has run, providing lessons for aspiring campaign managers, and exposing what really happens behind the scenes.

About the Authors

John Laschinger is a professional campaign manager who goes wherever there are elections or leadership contests. He has been involved with fifty leadership and general election campaigns across Canada and internationally.

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Geoffrey Stevens is one of Canada’s most experienced political analysts. He was the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa columnist and the managing editor of both the Globe and Maclean’s magazine. He teaches political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph.

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Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected journalists. He is the former chief correspondent for CBC News; anchor of The National, CBC’s flagship nightly newscast where he worked for thirty years reporting on national and international news stories; and host of Mansbridge One on One. He has received over a dozen national awards for broadcast excellence, including a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. He is a distinguished fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto and the former two-term Chancellor of Mount Allison University. In 2008, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada—the country’s highest civilian honour—and in 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is the author of the instant #1 national bestseller Extraordinary Canadians and also the national bestseller Peter Mansbridge One on One: Favourite Conversations and the Stories Behind Them. He lives in Stratford, Ontario. Follow him on Twitter @PeterMansbridge, visit him at ThePeterMansbridge.com, or listen to his daily podcast, The Bridge, with Sirius XM Canada.
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John Laschinger is a professional campaign manager who goes wherever there are elections or leadership contests. He has been involved with fifty leadership and general election campaigns across Canada and internationally.

Geoffrey Stevens is one of Canada’s most experienced political analysts. He was the Globe and Mail’s Ottawa columnist and the managing editor of both the Globe and Maclean’s magazine. He teaches political science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Guelph.

Editorial Reviews

There is no one on the Canadian political scene who knows more about the running of political campaigns — it is a foolish candidate who ignores John's advice. This book will be the bible for campaign managers.

— Bruce Carson, former aide to Stephen Harper

John Laschinger, or “Lasch” as many know him, has lots of wisdom to impart about his craft in his new book.

— iPolitics

John is a master of the techniques and strategies of political campaigning and shares them all in this book … This is a most valuable contribution to Canadian political discourse.

— Preston Manning, former leader of Reform Party of Canada

An important book.

— Toronto Star

Fully pulls the curtain back on the mysteries of the “War Room”, the high-pressure backroom work that keeps good messages flowing and bad messages answered.

— Ottawa Life Magazine

A rich, behind-the-scenes look at political campaigns as they are actually fought.

— Literary Review of Canada

Laschinger, an old pro, wisely observes that the most important element of each organization is the candidate, him or herself.

— Bill Davis, 18th premier of Ontario

Those who love politics for its camaraderie, its nerviness, and it competitiveness will find a harvest in these pages.

— Rex Murphy

Laschinger has penned a unique and remarkable manual, memoir, and how-to guide for deciding whom to support and how to actually make it work.

— Hugh Segal, former senator and current master of Massey College

A superb book that should become the bible for anyone who finds themselves managing a political campaign for a school board, a municipal mayoralty, party leadership, provincial election, or the House of Commons.

— Policy Magazine

John Laschinger is the consummate campaign manager. Smart, focused, and never distracted by the crises of the day. Aspiring politicos of all ages would do well to learn from this political master.

— Joe Cressy, Toronto city councillor

There is joy in winning, but participating is what matters most in politics, as Lasch, a true insider, reveals in this fascinating account of backroom strategy and drama.

— Brian Mulroney, 18th prime minister of Canada

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