Wordfest Presents Aaron Wherry (Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power)

Wordfest Presents Aaron Wherry (Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power)

Wordfest Presents Aaron Wherry (Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power)

Sep 14 @ 10 AM - 11:30 AM 
Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor
1221 2nd Street SW
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Don’t miss political journalist Aaron Wherry as he presents his timely book about the successes and failures of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in advance of the 2019 Federal election on Oct. 21. This event includes an on-stage interview and reading, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

About Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau

Promise and Peril is a must-read for all voters before the next election. From the outset, Justin Trudeau’s critics called him naive, inexperienced and a danger to the economy. His proponents have touted his intentions for the middle class, the environment and refugees, which they argue have moved forward positive changes despite challenges and criticism.

In Promise and Peril, veteran political journalist Aaron Wherry has extensively interviews decision-makers, influencers and political insiders, from the prime minister’s closest advisors to cabinet ministers to the prime minister himself, to provide the most in-depth, examination, beyond the headlines and the tweets of how Justin Trudeau has performed on his promises for Canada.

Promise and Peril: Justin Trudeau in Power explores how the Trudeau government has succeeded or failed in its biggest commitments — resource development, trade, immigration, climate change and reconciliation against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, global political tumult and the roar of populist revolt. It reveals what was happening behind the scenes during the government’s most crucial and public moments, including:

  • the NAFTA negotiations
  • the infamous Trump tweets at the G7 summit
  • that island vacation
  • the SNC-Lavalin affair

About Aaron Wherry

Aaron Wherry is a senior writer with CBC’s Parliament Hill bureau. Previously an associate editor at Maclean’s, he has spent more than a decade writing about the House of Commons and federal politics, including three federal elections and Justin Trudeau’s rise from backbench curiosity to the twenty-third prime minister of Canada. Before coming to Ottawa, Wherry spent four years at the National Post, working as both a sportswriter and a music critic.

About Host Chris Turner

Chris Turner is an author, essayist and strategist, providing Canada’s authoritative voice on climate change solutions and the global energy transition. His latest book is The Patch: The People, Pipelines and Politics of the Oil Sands, a national bestseller and winner of the 2018 National Business Book Award. He is also the author of the bestsellers The Leap and The Geography of Hope, both of which were National Business Book Award finalists. His 2014 book How to Breathe Underwater, an essay collection, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. Turner's feature reporting on energy, climate and sustainability issues has won 10 National Magazine Awards and appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Maclean's, and many other publications. He was a 2013 writer-in-residence at the Berton House in Dawson City, Yukon, and a 2010 Paul D. Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children. 

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