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Partisan Odysseys

Canada’s Political Parties

Motifs or recurring elements in Canadian party politics speak to dominant ideas of the era. Partisan Odysseys looks at how political parties have adjusted, adapted, and sometimes reinvented themselves in response to these cultural cues.

Author Information


Nelson Wiseman is a professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto.


David McGrane, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan:

"In answering the question, ‘how did we get to where we are today?’ Partisan Odysseys presents an engaging overview of 215 years of federal Canadian party history that is both chronologically organized and easy to follow, while providing the reader with an understanding of the evolution of federal Canadian political party history, including where the parties came from, and how issues have changed overtime."

Peter Woolstencroft, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo:

"Calling upon a wide range of resources, Partisan Odysseys provides notoriously history-shy political science students with the story of Canada through the lens of its political parties."

Audience: College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;