After 50 years of researching, writing, teaching, and consulting, I have been encouraged to establish this site as a way of providing periodic commentary on matters of government. Visitors are invited to respond to the postings in my blog and also to take note of my publications. These include:
Reviving Canadian Democracy, Victoria, Friesen Press, 2014. This recent book is designed to awaken Canadians to the accelerating erosion of our parliamentary system of government and then to engage them in the battle to restore and strengthen democratic practices. It is available from the publisher at http://www.friesenpress.com/bookstore/title/119734000017537013/C.-Richard-Tindal-Reviving-Canadian-Democracy, and from most book retailers. An ebook version is available from Friesen, Kobo, and Google books, and the latter offers a free download of the first two chapters. The book has received a number of very positive reviews, including this one at Amazon.
Local Government in Canada, Toronto, Nelson Canada, 9th edition, 2017 (with Susan Nobes Tindal, Patrick Smith, and Kennedy Stewart) was recently published. First published in 1979, this has long been the introductory text in local government courses in universities and colleges across Canada.
Guide to Good Municipal Governance, St. Thomas, Municipal World, 2007 (with Susan Nobes Tindal). Building on four decades of workshops for councillors and staff, this Guide describes the keys to good governance, bolstered by examples of municipal best practices from across Canada.