A look behind the curtain at how the Canadian government functions.
Have you ever wondered how the day-to-day business of government works? What do prime ministers and ministers do when away from the spotlight of Question Period? How does a government stay on track, and how can a career be derailed? How can a new minister balance the conflicting demands of their chief of staff, their department, their constituency office, and their family at home? In this practical handbook, Michael Wernick, a career public servant with decades of experience in the highest levels of the Canadian government, shares candid advice and information that is usually only provided behind closed doors. From cautioning against common pitfalls to outlining the skills needed to succeed, Wernick lays the business of governance bare. It’s a first-time look behind the curtain at how government functions, and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the business of Canadian politics.
About the Author
Michael Wernick was Canada’s twenty-third clerk of the privy council. In his distinguished career, he served three prime ministers and their cabinets, as well as four ministers as deputy.