New book sees academics debate the legacy of former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell

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      So far, Gordon Campbell doesn’t have much to say about a new book about Gordon Campbell.

      “I may give the book a read,” the former B.C. Liberal premier told the Globe and Mail.

      Campbell claimed he’d never heard of the project until the newspaper called asking for his thoughts about it.

      "I think it's always interesting when people write books and they never talk to you when they are talking about you, but that's a choice they obviously made," he told the Globe.

      The title is The Campbell Revolution? Power, Politics and Policy in British Columbia.

      The book was edited by a pair of University of Northern British Columbia professors, J. R. Lacharite and Tracy Summerville. It brings together 13 takes on Campbell’s 10-year time in office written by a collection of B.C. and Canadian academics.

      Topics covered include BC Hydro, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, the harmonized-sales tax (HST), and Campbell’s decision to make B.C. the first province in Canada to implement a tax on carbon emissions.

      Campbell was elected premier in June 2001 and resigned following a backlash against the HST in March 2011. He was first elected to the B.C. legislature in 1994 and, before that, was the mayor of Vancouver from 1986 to 1993. Following his departure from provincial politics, he was appointed Canada's high commissioner to the United Kingdom.

      The book is published by McGill-Queen's University Press and available now.