Turning Points

Turning Points: The Campaigns that Changed Canada

On a number of occasions since Confederation, dramatic political events have sent Canada hurtling in a new and unpredictable direction. The drama of the most important campaigns in Canadian history is captured in Turning Points: the Campaigns that Changed Canada. An updated edition of 2011 includes the federal election of that year and is available as a Kindle book on Amazon.ca.

“What Argyle has done is write a book that he thinks can fix this largely ungovernable country … The shifting of power out of Ottawa and into the West by designating a western city as a co-capital of Canada. He has chosen Calgary.”

Roy MacGregor, Toronto Globe and Mail


Turning Points reaches back to the beginning of Canada to tell the story of the election conspiracy that hatched Confederation. It describes how John A. Macdonald’s campaign for a “National Policy” rescued him from oblivion, and how Canada’s first French-speaking Prime Minister, Wilfrid Laurier, ushered Canada into the 20th century and then lost the country over free trade and the bloodletting of World War I.

Other notable campaigns include the election of North America’s first socialist government in Saskatchewan, the referendums that brought Newfoundland into Confederation, and the election of Pierre Trudeau of 1968 that led to a new Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Brian Mulroney’s battle over free trade in 1988 is described, along with the crucial 1995 referendum in which Quebec voted narrowly against separation from Canada.

This fascinating and factual account of Canada’s leaders and their struggles to win and hold power fills a wide gap in Canadians’ understanding of our history.