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Join Peter Jennings for Patrick Boyer’s book talk on Our Scandalous Senate July 9

BRACEBRIDGE — Just a brief reminder that this is an exciting month for Be My Guest.

Former Tory MP Patrick's timing is perfect with his new book titled Our Scandalous Senate.

Former Tory MP Patrick’s timing is perfect with his new book titled Our Scandalous Senate.

On July 9th at the Nipissing Lecture Hall, 125 WellingtonSt. at 7:30 p.m.

senate bookPatrick Boyer will join Jennings to talk about the future of Canada’s Senate. Based on his new best-seller, the very well researched Our Scandalous Senate, he’s in favour of totally abolishing the upper house.

There are many other dimensions to Patrick’s life and we’ll discuss these as well. Then, on July 23rd, Lloyd Robertson will be my guest at the Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main St. East in Huntsville.

Robertson’s career has been one of the most revered in broadcast news, involving top stints at the CBC and CTV networks. This member of the Order of Canada and “Most Trusted News Anchor” is still covering world events (“I’m a workaholic,” he tells me, “even at age 80!”) and he and I will discuss his remarkable career plus the personal trials that are chronicled in his book “The Kind of Life It’s Been”.

Both guests will have copies of their books for purchase, complete with autographs. Seating is limited so we recommend buying your tickets at $15 each here:

Boyer is a noted Bracebridge resident, author, publisher, former university professor and two-term

Member of Parliament Boyer has recently released a new book: Our Scandalous Senate which is now on the national best-seller list for Canadian nonfiction.

“There may be no more important book on Canadian politics published this year – or perhaps this decade,” said Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor.

Boyer will join Jennings for the Be My Guest series on July 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Nipissing Lecture Hall in Bracebridge. “I’m delighted to have Patrick discuss this important new book,” said Jennings. “After all, he tells me the Senate was created as a temporary expedient at the time of Confederation to bring Canada’s original colonial provinces into the new political union. Since then, the original provinces with upper houses abolished them and new provinces were created without second chambers.

Seems like our Parliament is the sole hold out.

“Canada remains stuck with its redundant and irrelevant colonial relic,” says Boyer. “It is costly to maintain and out of step with the values of a modern democratic country.

Today, the Senate of Canada is rocked by ongoing scandal which rightly disturbs Canadians, but the real national scandal is the very existence of the Senate itself.”

Boyer is adamant that Senate reform is not in the cards. “As I told the Ottawa Citizen recently, ‘Abolition will come. Senate reformers have had their day, failed utterly, and should now move aside.’”

Patrick Boyer Boyer is no stranger to political realities. First elected to Parliament in 1984, he chaired committees on election law reform, equality rights and the status of disabled persons. He has been Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of External Affairs and Minister of National Defence and is a strong advocate of direct democracy, having campaigned for the introduction of referendums in the political process. Following his departure from politics, Boyer taught university courses dealing with Canadian democracy and constitutional law.

“Patrick is a multi-dimensional man,” says Jennings. “I’ll be discussing not only Our Scandalous Senate, but the many other books he has written. In addition, we’ll talk about his other pursuits, such as being Editor-at-Large with Dundurn Books and his role in helping to establish Ovarian Cancer Canada, for which he was presented last month in Vancouver with the Virginia Greene national award for leadership in ovarian cancer as the organization’s founder. And as always with ‘Be My Guest’, I’ll make sure we have time for questions from the audience so I encourage attendees to bring their own views on Senate reform or abolition.”

The Nipissing Lecture Hall has limited capacity so it is suggested audience members order tickets soon at to be sure of seats.

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