...to anoint the best Canadian political book of the past 25 years, which wound up anointing Ezra Levant's Shakedown. Discussions of the significance of this choice, such as the one John Geddes attempts here, are pointless. The contest winner was determined by an on-line poll, and the poll got Freeped. Tory forums directed readers to the contest website, and true believers who never read the book voted for it 10 times. Word later went out that the contest organizers were approaching progressive blogs to popularize the contest and hopefully scare up anti-Ezra voters, and indeed I received an email from them about a week before the contest deadline.
Which I promptly ignored. You organize a contest in this manner, this is the kind of result you deserve. Eat it, Samara.
PS. Here's an account of the contest that mentions the Levant Vs. Vigna lawsuit.