BOOKS

The wide-ranging interests of Canadian journalist, lawyer, broadcaster, book publisher, university professor, parliamentarian, printer, and outdoorsman Patrick Boyer are reflected by the scope of books he’s written. Below is information about most of them, with a link to purchase any that interest you.

A Man & His Words

Robert J. Boyer Through Changing Times

A Man & His Words

This illustrated biography of Muskoka’s Robert J. Boyer recaps the career of a weekly newspaper editor and historian, and his years as an Ontario MPP and Ontario Hydro’s VP.

A Passion for Justice

How 'Vinegar Jim' McRuer Became Canada's Greatest Law Reformer

A Passion for Justice

This in-depth biography traces the true story of a farm-boy whose passion for justice, and hard front-line experiences, propelled him to reform law for a changing Canadian society.

Another Country, Another Life

Calumny, Love, and the Secrets of Isaac Jelfs

Another Country, Another Life

The struggle for gaining and losing political power in Canada is regulated, even civilized, by the rule of law – as this book reveals in the legal framework essential for conducting elections.

Election Law in Canada, Volume I

The Law and Procedure of Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Elections

Election Law in Canada, Volume I

The struggle for gaining and losing political power in Canada is regulated, even civilized, by the rule of law – as this book reveals in the legal framework essential for conducting elections.

Election Law in Canada, Volume II

The Law and Procedure of Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Elections

Election Law in Canada, Volume II

The thicket of legal rules safeguarding how democratic elections take place in Canada is further sorted out in this second volume of Patrick Boyer’s landmark treatise on Canadian election laws.

Forcing Choice

The Risky Reward of Referendums

Forcing Choice

A citizen’s right to vote on transformative issues, whose consequences she or he will live with and pay for, is viewed in context through this account of Canadian experience with referendums.

Foreign Voices in the House

A Century of Addresses to Canada’s Parliament by World Leaders

Foreign Voices in the House

From 1917 to 2016 sixty-five world leaders spoke in the House of Commons and now their transformative speeches, biographies, and photos appear for the first time in one book.

Hands-on Democracy

How You Can Take Part in Canada’s Renewal

Hands-on Democracy

This citizen-focused book by Patrick Boyer, written when the Member of Parliament sought to become prime minister, advances ideas for cultural renewal and democratic revival in Canada.

La Démocratie pour tous

Le citoyen . . . artisan du renouveau Canadien

La Démocratie pour tous

Ce livre de l’ancien deputé Patrick Boyer traite ses politiques et programs pour ravigoter le Canada et revivre notre vie démocratique.

Lawmaking by the People

Referendums and Plebiscites in Canada

Lawmaking by the People

By answering Yes or No to ballot questions on important public policies, citizens take a role in Canadian lawmaking that supplements their elected representatives making the decisions.

Leading in an Upside-Down World

New Canadian Perspectives on Leadership

Leading in an Upside-Down World

In a world increasingly turned upside-down it helps individuals recognize new ways of leading in rapidly changing contexts, as 16 insightful Canadians with wide experience explain in this book.

Local Elections in Canada

The Law Governing Elections of Municipal Councils, School Boards, and Other Local Authorities

Local Elections in Canada

Because community-level democracy is the foundation of public life, this book outlines the law for election of municipal councils, Indian band councils, school boards, and other local bodies.

Local Library, Global Passport

The Evolution of a Carnegie Library

Local Library, Global Passport

Accessible public libraries, as this book richly shows by a case example, support a democratic society’s citizens and offer nourishment for individuals seeking their own answers and freedom.

Money and Message

The Law Governing Election Financing, Advertising, Broadcasting, and Campaigning in Canada

Money and Message

This book reviews all laws governing power and money in election campaigns, and all laws designed to ensure Canadian political battles take place on a level playing field.

Our Scandalous Senate

Our Scandalous Senate

Scandals plaguing Canada’s appointed Senate range from financial corruption to the public scandal of an unaccountable law-making body operating in a supposedly democratic society.

Political Rights

The Legal Framework of Elections in Canada

Political Rights

This book shows how the democratic freedoms and political rights of Canadian citizens are institutionalized as a legal framework governing elections and legislatures.

Pugwash

Confronting the Peril of Nuclear Weapons

Pugwash

A small Nova Scotia village gave its name to a world-wide movement for nuclear disarmament and this concise booklet explains just how, in the Cold War’s chilling depths, this came about.

Raw Life

Cameos of 1890s Justice From a Magistrate’s Bench Book

Raw Life

Society has changed a lot since the 1890s but these true cases from a Muskoka Magistrate’s Court reveal that some things are still the same – from road rage to plights and perils of women.

Solitary Courage

Mona Winberg and the Triumph over Disability

Solitary Courage

After her mother raised seriously disabled Mona Winberg with tough love, she in turn pioneered “independent living,” assisted public transit, and a hard-hitting newspaper column.

The Big Blue Machine

How Tory Campaign Backrooms Changed Canadian Politics Forever.

The Big Blue Machine

The conduct of election campaigns became utterly transformed even before the digital revolution, and this backstage account of how that happened presents a unique Canadian story.

“Just Trust Us”

The Erosion of Accountability in Canada

“Just Trust Us”

This book, documenting the removal of institutional foundations for accountability in government, shows why “responsible government” has vanished from Canadian politics.