McClelland & Stewart announces the publication of Elizabeth May's Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy

               -- A ringing manifesto for change from Canada's
                     Green Party leader and activist --
                -- Elizabeth May's new book to be released by
                     McClelland & Stewart in May, 2009 --

    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Leading Canadian publisher McClelland & Stewart
today announced the May, 2009 release of Elizabeth May's challenging new book,
Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy. In
the work, the highly-respected environmental activist and current Green Party
leader offers an insider's view of the ills that beset our federal politics
and the changes wrought over the past three decades that created this present
    She explains that a presidential-style prime minister now exists without
the checks and balances of either the US or the Canadian systems. Attack ads
run all the time, not just during elections. Backbenchers and cabinet
ministers alike are muzzled. Committees, the workhorses of government, are
deadlocked. Civility has completely disappeared from the House of Commons,
replaced by juvenile cat-calling. And the RCMP have run roughshod over a
federal election and never been properly investigated for it.
    "We are thrilled to release this important work," says McClelland &
Stewart President Doug Pepper. "I believe that Canadians are ready to be
challenged to redevelop their engagement with politics."
    With Losing Confidence, May asks us to join the growing debate, outlines
the problems facing us, and offers some solutions to our dilemmas. Average
Canadians are the drivers of the country and she implores us to make change
happen. As she states in the book, "Politics is not a spectator sport."
    Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer. She is
the author of seven books and the recipient of numerous awards, including
being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Since her 2006 election as
leader of the Green Party of Canada, she has led the party to an unprecedented
level of support among Canadians. May and her daughter, Victoria Cate, divide
their time between Ottawa and New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

    About McClelland & Stewart
    McClelland & Stewart was founded in Toronto, Ontario in 1906 and has
published the works of an incredible variety of authors including Margaret
Atwood, Leonard Cohen, Elizabeth May, Christopher Hitchens, Paul Martin,
Rohinton Mistry, Farley Mowat, Brian Mulroney, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje,
Mordecai Richler, Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Guy Vanderhaeghe. The company
also owns respected children's publisher Tundra Books. More information about
McClelland & Stewart can be found at

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