A recent cover story in the Canadian edition of Time trumpeted: Would anyone notice if Canada disappeared?The magazine asserted that Canadas influence in the world is shrinking fast and that something must be donenow. Jennifer Welsh, one of this countrys most visionary and accomplished young minds, has an intelligent and innovative plan of action to bolster our diminishing international status and build a coherent direction for the future. This strategy is unabashedly critical of worn-out national myths, yet radical enough to propose a rethinking of our role as global citizens. At Home in the World examines Canadas position, both present and future, within two spheres: that of North America and that of the wider world. It details the many challenges that our country faces, such as:
Pressures to continentalize
The changing security landscape
American global power
The shake-up of our international institutions
Welsh also insists that our obsession for a healthy relationship with the United States cannot come at the expense of an international vocation. Canadians have long been instinctively globalat home in the worldand take their global rights and responsibilities seriously. Its time for our governments and policy-makers to reflect our confidence beyond our borders. Now, perhaps more than ever, an active global citizenship is required if Canada is to contribute to solving the worlds most pressing problems.