Authors Richard Zussman and Robert Shaw join us to discuss their new book, A Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC. Moderated by Professor Gerald Baier, Political Science.

          Author Richard Zussman

                       Author Rob Shaw

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
6476 NW Marine Dr., Vancouver – UBC Point Grey Campus


Light refreshments provided.


About the book: British Columbia s political arena has always been the site of dramatic rises and falls, infighting, scandal, and come-from-behind victories. However, no one was prepared for the historic events of spring 2017, when the Liberal government of Christy Clark, one of the most polarizing premiers in recent history, was toppled. A Matter of Confidence gives readers an insider s look at the overconfidence that fueled the rise and fall of Clark’s premiership and the historic non-confidence vote that defeated her government and ended her political career. Beginning with this pivotal moment, the book goes back and chronicles the downfall of Clark s predecessor, Gordon Campbell, which led to her unlikely victory in 2013, and traces the events leading up to her defeat at the hands of her NDP and Green opponents. Told by reporters Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman, who covered every moment of the election cycle, and illustrated by candid and extensive interviews with political insiders from both sides of the aisle including Christy Clark and John Horgan this book is a must read for anyone who cares about BC politics and the future of the province.

Author bios: Rob Shaw has covered the BC legislature since 2009, first as the legislative reporter for the Victoria Times Colonist and currently as the legislative columnist for the Vancouver Sun. His stories have appeared in local and national newspapers through the Postmedia News chain.​

​Richard Zussman has covered the BC legislature since 2014, first as the legislative reporter for the CBC and currently as a reporter based at the legislature for Global News. His stories have appeared on local and national television, radio and online.

Hosts: The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, as part of the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

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