Douglas & McIntyre
Building the Orange Wave

Book details:

November 2013
ISBN 978-1-77162-017-8
Hardcover
6" x 9"
296 pages
Political Science
$34.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Building the Orange Wave

The Inside Story Behind the Historic Rise of Jack Layton and the NDP

The definitive account of Layton’s ascendency to Leader of the Official Opposition.


Brad Lavigne was the campaign manager of Jack Layton’s 2011 breakthrough election campaign that took the New Democratic Party from last place to Official Opposition. He was a key architect of the party’s overnight success that was actually ten years in the making, working alongside Jack every step of the way. In Building the Orange Wave , Lavigne recounts the dramatic story of how Jack Layton and his inner circle developed and executed a plan that turned a struggling political party into a major contender for government, defying the odds and the critics. This book is the definitive insider’s account of one of the greatest political accomplishments in modern Canadian history. For the first time, Lavigne will take readers behind the scenes—from Layton’s decision to run for NDP leader until his untimely death—letting them read some of Jack’s private correspondence and eavesdrop on strategy sessions, crisismanagement meetings, internal party battles and private discussions with political opponents. Readers will get never-before-revealed details of some of the most important political events of the last decade. It is a book for Canadians of every political stripe, with surprising revelations for those who live and breathe politics and an illuminating and entertaining story even for those who don’t.

About the Author

Brad Lavigne

Brad Lavigne was the 2011 New Democratic Party of Canada’s Campaign Director. He served as Principal Secretary and Director of Strategic Communications ...

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