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The Big Blue Machine

by J. Patrick Boyer


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

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.


J. Patrick Boyer was born in Bracebridge, Ontario in 1945 and since then has been a printer, journalist, lawyer, parliamentarian, television host, and university teacher. He is author of some twenty books of biography, law, politics and history, holds a number of university degrees, and has worked as a journalist in Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec.


Publisher: Muskoka Books 2015

Category: New Releases/Politics, Law & Society
ISBN: 978-1-45972-449-5 9781896350301
Price: $35.00 CDN/hardcover
Format: 528 pages, 6 x 9 in