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The Big Blue Machine: How Tory Campaign Backrooms Changed Canadian Politics Forever (Hardback)
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The Big Blue Machine: How Tory Campaign Backrooms Changed Canadian Politics Forever (Hardback)

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Hardback 528 Pages / Published: 19/11/2015
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An inside account of the Progressive Conservative's campaign organization.

The Progressive Conservative Party's "big blue machine" pioneered electoral techniques of centralized control, communications, campaign advertising, polling, policy-presentation, and fund-raising. Inspired by Dalton Camp and Norman Atkins, its widespread yet close-knit network of organizers and specialists changed how Canadian campaigns were fought, even as their "political machine" transformed Canadian public life itself.

J. Patrick Boyer's behind-the-scenes account reveals how and why the blue machine's campaign innovations (most imported from the U.S.) transformed Canadian politics forever. Boyer's direct experience in these changes, and interviews with key players from Tory backrooms, enrich his authentic and timely account. This saga of the formidable campaign organization operating inside the Progressive Conservative Party for more than four decades shows why the big blue machine deservedly became a Canadian political legend.

Publisher: Dundurn Group Ltd
ISBN: 9781459724495
Number of pages: 528
Weight: 1 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm


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Patrick Boyer's new book The Big Blue Machine is a must-read for any candidate or campaign worker planning to get involved in the Conservative leadership. * Toronto Sun *
This is the book that has been missing from the annals of Canadian political history - a thorough, fascinating, and well-written story of how campaigning and political advertising were changed forever by the legendary Big Blue Machine. * Susan Delacourt, author of Shopping For Votes: How Canadian Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them *

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