November 21, 2017 (Comox, BC) — In what turned out to be the last year of his life, Rafe Mair was working on Politically Incorrect: How Canada Lost Its Way and The Simple Path Home. The book, which argues Canadian democracy is no longer working and offers a solution, has been published by Watershed Sentinel Books.
Sadly, Mair passed away on Thanksgiving Day while the book was at the printers. His wife Wendy Conway-Mair recalls his last months spent working on the book: “As Rafe lamented this past summer, ‘this is my last kick at the can!’ so with blood, sweat and tears he wrote, researched and edited, to leave this legacy for future generations. Strong-minded to the end, he wrote with passion about our failed Canadian democracy and his solutions for change, the loss of freedom in journalism, and the tragic demise of our environment, including the role of the powerful fossil fuel industry. I think he hoped that with the completion of this book he could rest somewhat in peace.”
As a politician, broadcaster, advocate and speaker of truth to power, Rafe Mair spent a lifetime fighting for British Columbia and was crucial to the public conversation in BC. Politically Incorrect is the last oeuvre from a passionately opinionated man who was continually learning and refining his viewpoint. It 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 – or, the “Mair Solution.”
In his foreword to Politically Incorrect, 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…. ‘If you believe, as the Pollyannas do, that all’s well in this happy kingdom, you’re reading the wrong book,’ Mair says. He is hoping that Canadians still have a stomach for a debate on the way the country is governed … If you are wondering how that might be done, Mair has got an earful for you. He always did have. All you have to do is tune in and turn up the volume, as Mair takes on a sacred topic nobody else seems to want to talk about. He is an older lion now than when he was a broadcasting giant, but the roar hasn’t left him.”
Politically Incorrect: How Canada Lost Its Way and The Simple Path Home is out now and can be ordered at watershedsentinel.ca/incorrect.
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Politically Incorrect: How Canada Lost Its Way and The Simple Path Home
PUB DATE November 2, 2017
Softcover | $20 CAD
Author: Mair, Rafe
5.25” x 8.25” | 169 pages