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atre and movie industries, and his participation in the successful 2010 Winter
Olympics bid. You realize that public service has its benefits when you
get to attend cocktail parties hosted by competing cities and meet Henri
Richard and Rocket Richard.
But the tide went out again, in 2001, and the NDP was left with only two
seats in the provincial legislature. Waddell returned to the practice of law
and in 2004 tried a return to federal politics, losing narrowly to David Emerson
in the riding of Vancouver Kingsway.
Without being didactic or preachy, Waddell shows how a social activist
can have success and what can lead to flops. It is hard to boil down the precise
message because the causes and issues that Waddell advanced were so
different. How to summarize his approach? He attacked each issue with
gusto, always ready to jump into the fray, apparently lacked mean-spiritedness,
tried to become a good listener, didn’t seem to make unnecessary enemies,
and always did it with good humour. He had tremendous support,
which he recognized, and always seemed to surround himself with good
people. He is very inclusive, and although this reviewer was around at the
time, I am one of the few people not mentioned in his book.
In the end, this is an enjoyable and educational book that should attract
the favourable attention of young activists and people interested in the
social and political history of British Columbia and of Canada in the last half
1. See Ian Waddell, “The Consumer Class Action”
(2014) 72 Advocate 513.