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Political Science Elections

Pivot or Pirouette?

The 1993 Canadian General Election

by (author) Tom Flanagan

foreword by R. Kenneth Carty

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Category
Elections, History & Theory, Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774866835
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $24.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774867740
    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price
    $24.95

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The 1993 federal election was in many ways the strangest in Canada’s history. The results were unprecedented: the governing party was reduced to two seats, a separatist party became the official opposition, and a new regional party swept the West. Pivot or Pirouette? covers both the backstory and the aftermath, arguing that although the shocking results seemed pivotal, ultimately the pivot turned into a full pirouette as Canadian politics returned to historical norms. New parties shake up the system but are eventually absorbed into it, bringing innovation but not transformation. You can’t understand modern Canadian politics without understanding the 1993 election.

About the authors

Tom Flanagan is Distinguished Fellow in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary. Former director of research for the Reform Party, and former campaign manager for Stephen Harper's Conservative Party, he is the author of Harper's Team: Behind the Scenes in the Conservative Rise to Power.

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