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Brain candy

Two new books examine the cognitive biases and neurological traps that inluence the way we make political decisions

Too Dumb for Democracy?: Why We Make Bad Political Decisions and How We Can Make Better Ones David Moscrop Goose Lane Editions

ON FEB. 7, 2019, The Globe and Mailpublished a front-page story alleging inappropriate inluence from members of the Prime Minister’s Ofice – up to and including the PM, Justin Trudeau – with the intent of convincing then–Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to reconsider prosecuting Quebec-based company SNC Lavalin on criminal charges. Numerous takes on the scandal have been loated from various positions on the political spectrum, all motivated by attempts to inluence the popular perception of who did what when and who is at fault.

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