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The Canadian Century: Moving Out of America's Shadow Hardcover – May 21 2010


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (May 21 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554702976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554702978
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tony Fimreite on June 4 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is just so great. I am from Norway and have no connections to Canada, but the book is one of the best I have ever read regarding how you should develop a country. When I read it I get so worried about the long term fundamentals for Norway, we seem to be on a road that is not sustainable for the long term.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Work Gavin Andrew on June 6 2010
Format: Hardcover
Above all I took away a warning from this excellent book - don't lose the plot.

The book is an excellent re-visit to the key themes of Laurier's agenda for Canada. While it seems that Canada wasn't ready for Laurier's grand plan when he was voted out of office, it may be ready for him now.

With major pillars of his agenda in place (free trade, solid public finances), now is the time to maintain fiscal discipline at the provincial and federal level. It seems that Canadians have adopted that as good national practice and politicians have accepted this is what Canadians want. This book provides a wonderfully non-partisan view of how the 'Redemptive Decade' players spanned all parties, starting with the NDP on the prairies.

The book moves along briskly - too briskly in places. It might have been more enlightening to hear about how the leading provinces built a case for fiscal responsibility and how it differed province to province. From Ontario's Common Sense Revolution to Ralph Klein's more dramatic antics, some more stories may have been entertaining and enlightening.

This book reframes the Canadian identity and that is its stroke of genius. It lets Canadians know that their top potential will be realised when we follow the agenda by one of our greatest Prime Ministers. One has a sense that now could really be the dawn of the Canadian Century. But only if we make it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Theodore A. Rushton on Aug. 27 2010
Format: Hardcover
This brief but nonetheless impressive one-note theme on the evils of big government is fatally flawed by its lack of pictures to explain why the Canadian GDP is merely 81 percent (by purchasing-power parity) of the United States.

Pictures? In a book of this scope, they're called "charts." For example, how does defence spending compare to the US? Mexico? Great Britain? France? Health spending? Original research? What is Canada's balance of foreign trade for the past 20 years compared to the US and Mexico? What are poverty levels, and middle income levels, in comparison?

Consider, for example, that Canada pledged in the Kyota climate change protocol to reduce its 1990 greenhouse gas emissions by 6 percent by 2008-12. Instead, emissions rose by 27 percent and will climb again this year, thanks to the "dig, baby, dig" mentality of the tar sands projects. Is this the cost of balanced budget virtue?

How can a country not be prosperous when it is the largest exporter of petroleum to the US? Why do the Australians want to buy Saskatchewan's potash? Perhaps, just as recent US prosperity was based on credit card debt, current Canadian prosperity is based on the fire sale of its patrimony.

Unfortunately, it is mainly a well-written right-wing screed against government spending. Granted, Canada exists today because government aid to the CPR meant British Columbia did not become 'American Columbia.' Would a little more government spending, rules and red tape have prevented the near extermination of the cod?

Lack of spending for the Avro Arrow was a major benefit to the California aerospace industry -- and now Canada plans to spend umpitty-billions to buy Made-in-the-USA F-35s?
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