The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis is entertaining, political satire, and a book that has been enjoyed by many since it was voted the 2011 Canada Reads book.
Daniel, the narrator, has had it with corrupt politicians and his cheating girlfriend. He leaves his position as a speechwriter for the leader of the opposition to teach English at the University of Ottawa. There is one condition – Daniel must find a Liberal candidate for a constituency that has voted Conservative for as long as anyone can remember. When absolutely no one wants to run against the conservative minister, Daniel turns to his landlord, Angus McClintock. Angus, a Scottish engineering professor, has just been informed he must teach English to engineering students – a task he detests. Daniel offers to teach it for him in exchange for Angus letting his name stand as the liberal candidate. Daniel assures Angus that he doesn’t have to campaign and that there is no way he can win the election. The only people Daniel can get to work on the campaign team are Muriel, a woman with Parkinson’s living in a senior’s home, and two engineering students with a punk style.
Despite their best laid plans, many surprises occur. This book is about more than politics: it’s also about friendship, romance, and grief.