October 9, 2017 (Comox, BC) — Staff at Watershed Sentinel Books are deeply saddened to learn of Rafe Mair’s passing this Thanksgiving morning. Mair had been working with WS Books on his final book, Politically Incorrect: How Canada Lost Its Way and the Simple Path Home.
Mair had been actively engaged with the co-editing process, and was always keen and quick to correspond, even throughout challenges with his health. His lively sense of humour made him a joy to work with. Sadly, he passed away while the book was still at the printers.
“We are devastated to hear of Rafe’s passing. I so much wanted him to hold this new book in his hands, because he was passionate about it, as he was passionate about so much. And I am grieving the loss of my new friend, just as we were getting to know each other,” said editor Delores Broten. “As soon as the book was printed, it was supposed to be express shipped to him.”
Politically Incorrect is part memoir, part history, part constitutional analysis and part pure Rafe – on federation, BC’s role, the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords, how Canada’s “responsible government” undermines democracy, and what to do about it – the “Mair Solution.”
“Rafe thinks this book is about British Columbia. Well, yes, it is. But it’s also a book about Canada by a great citizen whose particular service to the body politic is to toss it and gore it. And that’s exactly what it needs.” said journalist Silver Donald Cameron in an advance review.
In his foreword to the book, Mark Hume states, “Mair argues that by failing to come to grips with the underlying structural issues that still exist in Canada, the future of the nation is at stake…. He is an older lion now than when he was a broadcasting giant, but the roar hasn’t left him.”
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Delores Broten, editor, the Watershed Sentinel and Watershed Sentinel Books
Watershed Sentinel Books is the book publishing arm of the non-profit Watershed Sentinel Educational Society, www.watershedsentinel.ca
Details and to pre-order: www.watershedsentinel.ca/incorrect
See Rafe’s Aug. 7 post announcing his new book on his blog, Rafe Mair Online.