The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

September 19, 2007 12:00 ET

Former Campaign Strategist for Stephen Harper Kicks Off Fraser Institute's New Cocktail Series in Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 19, 2007) - Tom Flanagan, former campaign manager for Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada, will provide an insider's perspective on how to win power in Canada in the inaugural event of a unique cocktail series in Calgary, Behind the Spin: Fraser @ Wild Ginger on Wednesday, September 26.

Flanagan's latest book, Harper's Team, will be launched at the event. The book is an insider's recounting of the evolution of the Conservative Party and its recent rise to power in Canada. Harper's Team offers an insider's perspective on how political campaigns are planned, organized, managed, and paid for.

Flanagan's involvement with the federal Conservatives dates back to 1991, when he was hired as director of policy, strategy, and communications for the Reform Party. He served in this capacity until 1993. In 2001, Flanagan resumed his work in federal politics, managing Stephen Harper's campaigns during his bid for leadership of the Canadian Alliance, the Conservative Party of Canada, and eventually the prime minister's office.

The Fraser Institute's Behind the Spin cocktail series, which have been a huge success in Vancouver and Toronto, offer a unique opportunity to discuss an array of issues with opinion-makers whose leadership on key topics informs the news and public debate. The three-evening series will be hosted by well-known commentator Danielle Smith.

The second event of the series will feature Rick Baker, founder of Timely Medical Alternatives, discussing Canada's ailing health care system on October 24. The last event of the series will feature a panel of well-known environmentalists discussing climate change on November 27.

Interested media are invited to attend the event but are requested to confirm their attendance in advance as space is limited.

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Program from 6:30pm to 7:15pm)

Location: Wild Ginger Restaurant
351 4th Avenue SW (directly across from the Westin Hotel)
Calgary, AB

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