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Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 14


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 14, the days are getting busier. There's much to be done. A meeting with the Alliance for Canadian Women has Daniel worried about Angus; the deal with Sanderson's factory needs to be put into action; and Angus has some more strong words for the party leader in caucus.


The questions:

  1. After meeting Rhonda, Angus says: "Various factions within the feminist constellation reflects social movement that is maturin' and is confident enough to nurture divergent viewpoints. This is the natural evolution with social change." What do you think about this statement?
  2. At caucus Angus makes some very convincing points as to why he will support the throne speech. Do you think the Liberal party in this fictional political drama will eventually concede and support Angus's views in general? Why or why not?
  3. Angus works more and more independently, without allowing Daniel to advise him. As a result, Bradley Stanton has some more strong words for Daniel, giving him flack for not doing his job. Do you think Daniel's allegiance should be with his employer, "the Party," or with Angus? Explain your choice.
  4. Is Angus's success with the finance minister proof that he can overcome any challenge, or is it likely to bring about his political downfall? Discuss.
  5. Why do you think Angus is so obsessed with the Baddeck 1?


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