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Exploring The Best Laid Plans: Chapter 17

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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: Episode 17 brings a few bumps in the road for Angus. The Tory finance minister lays out the plans for their proposed mini-budget, leaving Angus outraged; and the plot thickens when Daniel and Angus are approached with video evidence of some shady business down at the Ottawa River Aggregate plant. It seems there's a lot going on these days for our busy MP, but Angus always has a plan.

 

The questions:

  1. To Daniel, the Tory government's mini-budget is flawed. What do you think of their fiscal plan, and his assessment of it?
  2. Do you think these fictional Tories have the best interests of the people in mind or are they simply pursuing their own agenda? Discuss.
  3. When Angus used the "L" word in the chamber (he charged that the government was lying) he was accused of being "unparliamentary." What do you think?
  4. Daniel states: "I've always thought that a democracy works best when its citizens are prepared to forego personal benefit to protect the collective good." How do Angus's actions as an MP bear out this philosophy?
  5. Most chapters have ended with Angus's letters to his dead wife, in which he recaps his activities and how he feels about them. At this point in the narrative, what does this add to the story?

 

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