From Refugee to Cabinet Minister: Maryam Monsef’s Meteoric Rise to Power and Her Spectacular Fall From Grace

From Refugee to Cabinet Minister: Maryam Monsef’s Meteoric Rise to Power and Her Spectacular Fall From Grace

Maryam Monsef is the ultimate immigrant success story.

She could not speak English when she arrived in Canada at age eleven. Two decades later she became Canada’s first Muslim Cabinet Minister.

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About the Book

At heart, Maryam Monsef is well-intentioned. She is idealistic. She is irrepressibly optimistic. She is also a well-timed political opportunist. Had she won Peterborough’s 2014 mayoral race, she would still be the mayor of Peterborough today. She lost that race, yet Maryam Monsef did not wallow in that defeat. She immediately moved on to her next goal: a seat in Parliament.

Maryam Monsef is lucky. She won the Liberal nomination for Peterborough–Kawartha by less than 17 votes. She went on to win her riding by a wide margin in the 2015 election. Despite her meteoric rise to political prominence, Maryam Monsef is still not a household name. In fact, very few know who she is.  It’s one of the reasons I wrote this book.

Maryam Monsef was woefully unprepared for the responsibility thrust upon her by Justin Trudeau. On electoral reform, she was caught between her Prime Minister’s desire for ranked balloting and overwhelming opposition to that self-serving preference.

Then she was caught in a very personal nightmare. News broke that she was not born in Herat, Afghanistan as she claimed her entire life, but Mashhad, Iran. That brought a new political firestorm down on her head, one for which she was thoroughly unprepared.

Maryam Monsef’s failures on electoral reform are hers, to be sure, but they are not hers alone. The bulk of responsibility for Maryam Monsef’s failure rests with another politician with no political or leadership experience, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Maryam Monsef became the unwitting scapegoat for Trudeau’s broken promise on electoral reform, a promise he knew he would break by May 2016. Her birthplace controversy, her attempts to discredit and insult her electoral reform committee, combined with the Prime Minister’s betrayal of her trust, sounded the death knell of her political career.

This, then, is the story of one young woman’s meteoric rise to political power. It is also the story of that young woman’s undoing at the hands of a narcissistic and self-serving celebrity feminist, Justin Trudeau.

Series: Canadian Politicians, Book 2
Genres: Non-Fiction, Politicians
Tags: Afghan refugee, Cabinet Minister, Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, Minister of Status of Women, Recommended Books
Publisher: Botanie Valley Productions Inc.
Publication Year: 2017
Format: Digital, Paperback
Length: 158 Pages
ISBN: 9780987934567

List Price: $14.95
eBook Price: $3.99
Justin vs Maryam I found this book both engaging and informative. Chris di Armani is an excellent raconteur of the chronological developments in Maryam's political journey. I like this because I haven't the time to piece the facts together. I think the author makes the case that Maryam Monsef's story is both compelling and perplexing. The author lets the facts speak for themselves and our prime minister comes out less than stellar and hardly the feminist he purports to be. I wish the author had used endnotes. That withstanding, I would still definitely recommend this book. I enjoyed it.
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About the Author
Christopher di Armani

The hardest writing for any author, I suspect, is writing about themselves. It sure is for me.

While I can write the most personal quirks, the most embarrassing situations and tell the truth for any character in my fiction, writing about myself is, well, uncomfortable.

I’m not one for the spotlight. I like the shadows. I’m most comfortable there. Most writers are.

Writing is my passion and I’m my happiest when I’m pounding out a story. If it’s 3am and I’m still at the keyboard you are right to be scared. Anything can show up on the page at that hour.

Like many writers I am an avid reader. My earliest memories are of Zane Grey westerns. I devoured them like candy.  His strong male characters would, no matter their personal flaws, do the right thing when it mattered most. That is what drew me to his books.

I imagine I learned a lot of my own moral code from the characters Zane Grey created.

Like many writers I am also an introvert. Do not allow the protestations of past co-workers convince you otherwise. They see what I want them to see - the social face that allows me to function out in the world. Every writer has one.

It’s how we survive until we make our way back to the safety and security of our writing room.

I am a good writer.

That’s not arrogance speaking. That’s a fact substantiated by the money folks pay me to write. Bad writers don’t get paid.

I didn’t start off a good writer though.

My first novel, written when I was 16, is proof of that. It’s about teenage gangs in high school, about bad choices and worse friends. I wrote it as an assignment for English class. My teacher took pity on me and commended me for its length and ambition with a C Plus. Notice he did not say talent.

The book is horrible. Really. I stumbled across it a few years ago and attempted to read it. By the end of the first page I wanted to vomit. It’s trash.

I accept that.

I started writing young and wrote anything that struck my fancy. Some of it was published, most wasn’t. I wrote letters to the editor, newspaper articles, short stories, poetry, novellas, books, screenplays and short films.

Major newspapers, both print and digital, published me as time went on. Then I edited a national magazine for a firearms advocacy group for two years. That’s where I learned first-hand just how hard we writers make things for our editors.

During my tenure as magazine editor I learned how to edit anything into readable form. Why? I had to meet deadline. That’s a lesson that serves me well to this day.

I’m also a huge horror movie fan. I love vampires (not the ones that sparkle), werewolves and scary guys like Hannibal Lecter.

My interests vary widely as do my forms and genres of writing. I love writing current events commentary. That love has turned into numerous book projects, including a book on the RCMP’s ongoing issues as well as a book on Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.  That book, published in early 2017, went on to become a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.

I’ve written a vampire movie, series of two serial killer movies in a series and I’m in the process of turning all three scripts into books. I just finished the first draft of the novel based on the vampire script and so far so good.

When I finish that I’ll turn the two serial killer movies into novels and add the third and final installment to that series. Along the way I’m sure I will write other odd things, too.

Like most writers I have more ideas than I have time to write.

That’s the beauty of the creative mind, isn’t it?

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