'This cuts no ice in Harper's Ottawa' - Macleans.ca

‘This cuts no ice in Harper’s Ottawa’

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Andrew Cohen reviews Garth Turner’s Sheeple.

The book needed an editor. It has no acknowledgments, suggesting that Turner didn’t have one. He allows that he was so torn over writing Sheeple that early on he threw his manuscript into the lake before recovering it; sometimes you wonder why he bothered.

Still, Turner deserves our thanks. He went to Ottawa, he spoke his mind, he struck a blow for democracy. His mission is sometimes self-aggrandizing and its impact is sometimes overstated, but his motives were honourable and his independence was admirable. We need agents provocateurs like him.

No wonder Stephen Harper cheered last October when he heard that the troublesome Garth Turner had lost his seat.