King John of Canada

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 17, 2010 - Fiction - 336 pages
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A hilarious political satire in the tradition of Mordecai Richler.

This is a funny, biting political satire set in the not-too-distant future. A series of minority governments, and endless Quebec referendums (designed to lose narrowly, to keep the money coming) have left Canada almost ungovernable. When the Governor General resigns in disgrace and the House of Windsor implodes in London, a media baron launches the idea of a Canadian king or queen elected by lottery.

It starts as a joke — except that the lucky winner, King John, a bright and charismatic guy from Toronto, knows exactly what people want. Soon Quebec is gone, while Toronto’s surprise bid to leave Canada is averted by shifting his official residence, the new seat of power, to the Toronto waterfront. Many good things happen, and the politicians go along for the ride. And the blockades of Native lands are ended for good, after John is heroically wounded keeping the peace at risk to his life.

His popularity soars and Canadian morale soars with it. Soon the rest of the world is taking notice of this model leader. In the United States, the blue states look enviously northward. Then Canada’s king, ignoring assassination threats, goes on a formal visit to Washington. . .


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What if Canada had its very own, home-grown monarch? This is the premise upon which Scott Gardiner has written King John of Canada. And, now that Canada has its very own king, chosen by national ... Read full review

Contents

DAY ONE
DAY TWO
DAY THREE
DAY FOUR
DAY FIVE
DAY SIX
DAY SEVEN
DAY EIGHT
DAY TWENTY
DAY TWENTYONE
DAY TWENTYTWO
DAY TWENTYTHREE
DAY TWENTYFOUR
DAY TWENTYFIVE
DAY TWENTYSIX
DAY TWENTYSEVEN

DAY NINE
DAY TEN
DAY ELEVEN
DAY TWELVE
DAY THIRTEEN
DAY FOURTEEN
DAY FIFTEEN
DAY SIXTEEN
DAY SEVENTEEN
DAY EIGHTEEN
DAY NINETEEN
DAY TWENTYEIGHT
DAY TWENTYNINE
DAY THIRTY
DAY THIRTYONE
DAY THIRTYTWO
DAY THIRTYTHREE
DAY THIRTYFOUR
DAY THIRTYFIVE
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Scott Gardiner is a political realist who shakes his head at what he sees in Canadian politics today and chooses, Richler-like, to point out currently respected lunacies. He is the author of The Dominion of Wyley McFadden (2000) and lives with his family in Toronto.


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