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Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 11

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CBC Books is all about conversation and community, which is why we want to explore the Canada Reads 2011 champion, The Best Laid Plans, chapter by chapter. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we will release an audio version of one chapter (generously recorded and given to us by author Terry Fallis) as well as pose discussion questions. You can join the conversation by commenting on the blog posts right here on the Canada Reads site or by joining the discussion group for The Best Laid Plans in the CBC Books Community.

 

The set-up: In Episode 11, it's Day One on Parliament Hill for Angus McLintock. He's making introductions and has been sworn in. Angus can't deny the majesty of House of Commons, however he's not quite comfortable in his new digs on Centre Block. While doing his best to act appropriately, he is still the odd man out at the Party.

 

The questions:

  1. With Angus now officially in office, some of his critics say that his win is an affront to democracy. Make a case for and against this argument.
  2. Daniel is making a return to Parliament Hill. Do you think that's in his best interests? Why or why not?
  3. As Angus is finding out, Parliament Hill is all handshakes and protocol. How do you think he will fit in there?
  4. At the close of the chapter Angus writes a letter to his deceased wife asking her, "What am I to do?" What do you think his next steps should be as a member of parliament?
  5. What would you do if you were the next "Angus McLintock," reluctant MP?

 

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