Former MPs: Who better to help current and future politicians understand how to navigate the turbulent waters of Canada’s political system? And, who better to help all of us in the system, the politicians and the public, make the system better?

That’s the premise behind a new book by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan. Tragedy in the Commons: Former Members of Parliament Speak Out About Canada’s Failing Democracy presents insight gathered from 80 exit interviews with former MPs of all political stripes. And it hits the shelves on April 15, 2014.

On this edition of the digital public affairs podcast, Alison Loat, co-founder and Executive Director of Samara, speaks about the book, and the insider view from the people inside Canada’s federal political system.

Where you can find Alison and the book online: