WSKEO Book Club: Tragedy in the Commons, by Alison Loat & Michael MacMillan

Our book for June 2014 is Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan, founders of the non-partisan think tank Samara. The book draws on eighty exit interviews with former Canadian Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to unearth surprising observations about the practice of politics in Canada.

Loat and MacMillan ask: Just what do we want Members of Parliament to be doing? To whom are they accountable? And should parties be trusted with the enormous power they wield with such little oversight or citizen involvement?

With unprecedented access to the perspective and experience of Canada’s public leaders, Tragedy in the Commons concludes by offering solutions for improving the way politics works in Canada, and how all Canadians can reinvigorate a democracy that has lost its way, its purpose and the support of the public it is meant to serve.

The Calgary Public Library has five copies of Tragedy in the Commons. If you wish to purchase your own copy, identify yourself as a member of the WSKEO Book Club at Shelf Life Books to get a 10% discount! It’s also available for purchase as an eBook.

As fodder for discussion, download the Tragedy in the Commons Book Club Guide from Samara.

WSKEO Book Club: Tragedy in the Commons
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – 7:00-9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books, 1302 4 St SW
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We should know each other! That’s been established. But how do we meet people from distant countries, or separated by years of history? A timeworn answer, of course, is through books!

Every month, the We Should Know Each Other Book Club will explore thought-provoking literature, alternating between non-fiction and literary genres. Come for one session or all of them, and be ready for a stimulating discussion full of diverse perspectives.

If you want to suggest a book, or if you have any questions about the WSKEO Book Club, e-mail Mark Hopkins at