Signing for political books

John H. Redekop chronicles history of Canada's conservative political parties.

John H. Redekop

John H. Redekop

After years of work, local author John H. Redekop has published a pair of books about Canada’s history of political conservatism, from Sir John A. MacDonald to Stephen Harper.

Redekop has published The Tory Book: Daily Wisdom, Humour & History, a compendium of history of the country’s conservative political parties, paired with humorous and wise quotes, and key dates in the history of both Canada and its conservative movement. Included in the book, and published as a stand-alone volume, is The Harper Record, which lists various policies, announcements and accomplishments of the current prime minister.

The books include an endorsement by Abbotsford MP Ed Fast and a foreword by Preston Manning.

Redekop, a former political science professor at Trinity Western University and Wilfrid Laurier University, said he’s an ideological conservative but not a member of the party. He said a similar book could easily be written about the NDP or the Liberals, given those parties’ long histories.

Redekop started the books more than seven years ago, and called the process “a challenge but also a delightful task.”

Redekop will be signing books Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at House of James. Books are available at the Garden Park Tower office. Kindle versions of the book are available at Amazon.ca.