A World Unto Itself
“Parliament is a world unto itself It may be the most exclusive club in Canada…. Initiation does not produce instant comradeship. There is an apprenticeship to be served, a time of testing as the veterans eye the new recruit while ruthlessly assessing his potential.”
In 1966 Jamieson entered that world as the member of the House of Commons for the District of Burin-Burgeo. Although Jamieson’s own political apprenticeship had begun in childhood, federal politics still proved to be a new and complex world. A World Unto Itself takes us into this world and provides an insider’s account, not only a remarkable political career, but also the delicate internal machinations of federal politics. This is a compelling record of the Trudeau era, and of the men who wielded power and utilized their positions to combat the major issues of their day. The October Crisis and the War Measures Act, a failing economy, the energy crisis, the Canadian Constitution-all are examined within this fascinating record of a true crossroads in Canadian history.