A Short History of Indians in Canada by Thomas King

By Thomas King

A flock of Indians has simply flown smack into the part of a BayStreet skyscraper. back. It’s as much as invoice and Rudy to tag the dwell ones, nursethem to well-being on the protect and free up them again into the wild.

Thomas King is again in superb, fantastical shape during this latestcollection of brief tales, a few new, a few formerly released. Compiled in acomic travel de strength, all the choices in a quick historical past ofIndians in Canada are showcases for King’s utterly unique model ofimagination and wit. In 20 stories, King pokes a pointy stick into the gears of thenative myth-making computing device, slyly exposing the uncooked underbelly of either historicaland modern native-white relationships. during the laughter, those storiesshimmer brightly with the common truths that unite us.

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With the arrival of televised conventions, the Conservatives and Liberals (the NDP has remained something of an exception on this point) abandoned substantive debates and votes on policy resolutions submitted by constituency and other party associations. This had been a feature of the first generation of leadership conventions, with up to two-thirds of a convention's time devoted to consideration of resolutions concerning party policy. Since 1967 parties have opted instead to hold specially convened "policy conferences" for that purpose, effectively separating debates and votes on party policy from leadership selection.

These are the candidates labelled variously by convention organizers as "frivolous," "marginal," or "nuisance" candidates. "41 Theirs is an almost exclusively second-generation phenomenon. Their initial appearance coincided with the first of the conventions in which television was to play a major part - the Tory leadership contest of 1967 - so no wonder a link has been established in the minds of the planners of modern conventions. 42 They had no choice but to place them on the first ballot once the nomination forms had been 25 Two Generations of Leadership Conventions signed, one form (that of Mary Walker-Sawka) arriving literally moments before the deadline.

The answer lies in the attempt by party officials to discourage potential nuisance candidates from using a leadership convention as a public forum through which to express their sometimes eccentric and possibly embarrassing views. That, in turn, is a consideration that derives from televised conventions. 38 Although the term "serious" lacks great precision, it cannot be so broadly inclusive as to mean that all candidates would have an equal chance of winning or that all would be equally qualified for the job, for that clearly could never be the case.

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