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Anger and Angst

Jason Kenney’s Legacy and Alberta’s Right

Anger and Angst: Jason Kenney’s Legacy and Alberta’s Right analyzes the UCP’s governance of Alberta, the driving forces behind their agenda, and the personalities behind them. Co-edited by Ricardo Acuña (Parkland Institute’s executive director) and Trevor Harrison (former director of Parkland Institute), the book critically examines the extraordinary years of the UCP's time in office up until 2023, a period that is arguably the most chaotic in Alberta’s political history.

Comprising 22 essays from seasoned political analysts and thought leaders, Anger and Angst examines politics, the economy, the environment, education, housing, gender, racism, right-wing populism, and the UCP's relationship to the media. Contributors include pollster and political analyst Janet Brown, journalists Gillian Steward and Brooks DeCillia, professors Lise Gotell and Jason Foster, and former Opposition leader Kevin Taft.

Praise for Anger and Angst:

“Illuminating and thought-provoking, Anger and Angst reveals the UCP government’s undemocratic and destructive underpinnings, cuts to educational funding to privatized healthcare to the undermining of workers’ rights. Read this book!”
- Jackie Flanagan, founder, Alberta Views magazine

“Reading Anger and Angst is like driving past the scene of an accident — and realizing you are part of the wreckage thanks to Kenney's dangerous and erratic driving as premier.”
- Graham Thomson, journalist, columnist, and political analyst

“If you want to understand ‘freedom convoys’, anti-lockdown rodeo rallies, and where their embattled, fortress mentality comes from, read this book.
- Gordon Laxer, founding director of Parkland Institute, political economist, and author

Anger and Angst: Jason Kenney’s Legacy and Alberta’s Right is available from Black Rose Books


Trevor Harrison

Trevor W. Harrison is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge and a former director of Parkland Institute, of which he was a founding member and first research director. Dr. Harrison is best known for his studies in political sociology, political economy and public policy. He is the author, co-author or co-editor of nine books, numerous journal articles, chapters, and reports, and a frequent contributor to public media, including radio and television.

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Ricardo Acuna

Ricardo Acuña has been executive director of Parkland Institute since 2002. He has a degree in Political Science and History from the University of Alberta, and has almost 30 years of experience as a volunteer, staffer and consultant for various non-government and non-profit organizations around the province. He has spoken and written extensively on energy policy, democracy, privatization, and the Alberta economy, and is a regular media commentator on public policy issues. He is co-editor, with Trevor Harrison, of the 2023 book Anger and Angst: Jason Kenney's Legacy and Alberta's Right, available from Black Rose Books.

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