Who We Are

Who We Are

Reflections on My Life and Canada

Book - 2014
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In this marriage of memoir and manifesto, Elizabeth May reflects on her extraordinary life and the people and experiences that have formed her and informed her beliefs about democracy, climate change, and other crucial issues facing Canadians. The book traces her development from child activist who warned other children not to eat snow because it contained Strontium 90 to waitress and cook on Cape Breton Island to law student, lawyer, and environmentalist and finally to leader of the Green Party and first elected Green Party Member of Parliament.

As a result of these disparate experiences, May has come to believe that Canada must strengthen its weakened democracy, return to its role as a world leader, develop a green economy, and take drastic action to address climate change. Who We Are also sets out how these goals might be accomplished, incorporating the thoughts of such leaders and thinkers as Rachel Carson, Jim MacNeill, Joe Clark, Chris Turner, Andrew Nikiforuk, and Robert F. Kennedy. The result is a fascinating portrait of a remarkable woman and an urgent call to action.
Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, c2014
ISBN: 9781771640312
Branch Call Number: 971 .073 MAY
Characteristics: viii, 214 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ;,22 cm


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Jun 07, 2015

Author has a jaundiced view of Canada, somewhat like one finds in a 'bubble mentality'.
Almost made me want to vote for the other side.

Mar 04, 2015

Definitely worth the read in this election year. I hope we have more parliamentarians with her sense of traditions and legalities in the next sessions.

Jan 04, 2015

She is a great personality indeed.

susankent Oct 29, 2014

Elizabeth May gives us a snapshot of growing up: born in the US to activist parents (her mom managed to take her to meet Eugene McCarthy and Al Gore in DC in grade 5), accepted into law school without an undergrad degree on the recommendation of Bill Clinton, and into politics at an early age. The majority of this 'campaign memoir' is her take on Canadian politics since the Mulroney era, the decline of our global reputation in the environmental arena under Harper, and her thoughts on true democracy. The writing isn't always tight but this record is compelling and informative.

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