Published in 1994, a year after Brian Mulroney left office after nearly a decade in power, On the Take is investigative journalist Stevie Cameron's blistering account of the corruption of the Mulroney years. Told with the verve (and the glee) of a thriller, On the Take, with its details of backroom deals and shady hangers-on, was the final nail in the coffin of the old ProPublished in 1994, a year after Brian Mulroney left office after nearly a decade in power, On the Take is investigative journalist Stevie Cameron's blistering account of the corruption of the Mulroney years. Told with the verve (and the glee) of a thriller, On the Take, with its details of backroom deals and shady hangers-on, was the final nail in the coffin of the old Progressive Conservative Party....
|Title||:||On the Take: Crime, Corruption, and Greed in the Mulroney Years|
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On the Take: Crime, Corruption, and Greed in the Mulroney Years Reviews
I started reading this book almost two years ago and finished on Thursday night, after a lengthy pause. The problem wasn't boredom; the problem was the small font, since it was published in 1995. For anyone interested in recent Canadian political history I highly recommend this book. The book details just how rapacious was the corruption during the Mulroney era. Apparently a large majority in Parliament creates a sense of impunity. The government controls all of the levers of power, with frighteningly few checks. People try to get in the way of obvious wrong at their peril.As we saw more recently with the "Sponsorship" scandal that became publicly known in 2003 from the Auditor General's report, the Tories did not have a monopoly on gross corruption. I have the book four stars because despite a few references to Chretien and Trudeau era corruption it seemed solidly aimed at one party.Notwithstanding the content was gripping and at time gruesome. There were deaths under mysterious circumstances. Helpless widows reduced to poverty. Fraudulent bankruptcies. It has all the thrill of a true crime novel, but it's non-fiction.
This book is not about policy, it is about corruption. Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative government spent 9 years in office during which time flagrant kick-back schemes, bid-rigging on government contracts, misappropriation of parliamentary budgets and patronage appointments were the norm. This regime caused the Canadian people to loose faith in their government and to then crush a once proud political party. Mila's shopping sprees sounds like a clone of Imelda Marcos. You have to wonder how some people can sleep at night. The galling part is that so many of them feel they are entitled to squander the taxpayer's money or the Party's money (which are donated funds and therefore still taxpayer's money) for personal gain. The names and events that are articulated are mind-boggling. So many people 'On the Take' you have to wonder if there are any honest people out there.A very well written and researched book.
The author was never sued by a man who accepted brown paper bags...
This is an impressive piece of investigative journalism. The stories from the Mulroney era make Canada look like a banana republic. The volume of evidence is mind-numbing. This isn't only illegal corruption (kick-backs, bid-rigging, etc.), but also all the legal means by which Mulroney rewarded his friends. The use of patronage to find sinecures for party bagmen (even secretaries and girlfriends of political operatives) is sickening. Mulroney and his wife Mila comes across as shallow, opportunistic, and cheap, though not without some basic humanity. Mulroney himself appears to value loyalty above all else, which may explain how he lasted so long. In the end, he annihilated the Progressive Conservative party. The one weakness in this book, and it is significant, is that Cameron - perhaps aware of her role as a journalist - refrains from offering any sort of thesis. So, we are left with an epic ledger of bad behavior, but little in the way of explanation, context, or possible solutions. Cameron seems to be saying: 'This is just eh way it was.' And that is quite unsatisfying.
A great reminder how politicians never do what they say they are going to do and how they only really look out for themeselves and their friends.It gets a bit bogged down in some spots, but it is a good read, with a federal election coming up next year......
This Canadian Prime Minister wasn't nicknamed Lyin' Brian for nothing.
This was four stars until I read more about Stevie Cameron's research tactics.
Mulroney is a jerk.