By John McMenemy
The third edition of this indispensable guide to Canadian government and politics builds on the strengths of earlier editions and reflects profound changes over the last few years. Comprising over 500 cross-referenced entries, The Language of Canadian Politics offers brief essays on the many facets of the Canadian political system, including institutions, events, laws, concepts and public policies. Written concisely and explicitly, it is an important resource for people interested in contemporary politics, as well as those interested in the historic context of contemporary political behaviour. For example, the Social Union Framework Agreement, the Canadian Alliance party, the Secession Reference, and the federal Clarity bill, are covered both specifically and in their larger contexts. The book also includes distant events and objects that continue to frame political discourse. This new edition retains the format of earlier editions -- entries are listed alphabetically with numerous cross-references which readers can explore for their own particular interests and purposes. Readers not familiar with Canadian government and politics will find the book an invaluable introduction.