Book Launch — A Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC

2018, Democracy

Join us for the book launch of A Matter of Confidence: The Inside Story of the Political Battle for BC. Authors Rob Shaw and Richard Zussman will discuss the book with a guest moderator, Globe and Mail journalist Frances Bula.

British Columbia's political arena has always been the site of dramatic rises and falls, infighting, scandal, and come-from-behind victories. However, no one was prepared for the historic events of spring 2017, when the Liberal government of Christy Clark, one of the most polarizing premiers in recent history, was toppled. A Matter of Confidence gives readers an insider's look at the overconfidence that fueled the rise and fall of Clark's premiership and the historic non-confidence vote that defeated her government and ended her political career. Beginning with this pivotal moment, the book goes back and chronicles the downfall of Clark's predecessor, Gordon Campbell, which led to her unlikely victory in 2013, and traces the events leading up to her defeat at the hands of her NDP and Green opponents. Told by reporters Shaw and Zussman, who covered every moment of the election cycle, and illustrated by candid and extensive interviews with political insiders from both sides of the aisle, including Christy Clark and John Horgan, this book is a must-read for anyone who cares about B.C. politics and the future of the province.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018

6:00 p.m. (PT)

SFU Vancouver
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Room 1400

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the unceded, traditional, ancestral territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.


Rob Shaw

Rob Shaw has covered the B.C. legislature since 2009, first as the legislative reporter for Victoria's Times Colonist and currently as the legislative columnist for the Vancouver Sun. His stories have appeared in local and national newspapers through the Postmedia News chain.​

Richard Zussman

​Richard Zussman has covered the B.C. legislature since 2014, first as the legislative reporter for the CBC and currently as a reporter based at the legislature for Global News. His stories have appeared on local and national television, radio and online.


Frances Bula

Frances Bula is a journalist specializing in urban issues and city politics in the Vancouver region, which she has covered since 1994. She covers a broad range of issues in this endlessly changing city: drug policy, bike lanes, billion-dollar development projects, homelessness, garbage debates and more. Frances frequently writes for The Globe and Mail, and has contributed to many other publications. She is also an adjunct professor at UBC's School of Journalism and the former chair of the journalism department at Langara College, where she continues to teach.