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The Trouble with Canada...Still!: A Citizen Speaks Out [Paperback]

William Gairdner
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Oct. 20 2010

Canada suffered a regime-change in the last quarter of the twentieth-century, and is now caught between two irreconcilable styles of government: A top-down collectivism and a bottom-up individualism. In this completely revised update of his best-selling classic, william gairdner shows how canada has been damaged through a dangerous love affair with the former. Familiar topics are put under a searing new light, and recent issues such as immigration, diversity, and corruption of the law are confronted head on as gairdner comes to many startling?and sure to be controversial?conclusions. This book is a bold clarion call to arms for canada to examine and renew itself?before it is too late.


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?This is a provocative and stimulating work of advocacy, as well as a rigorous factual summary of the consequences of Canada?s profound move to the left of the past half century, and no one concerned with Canadian public policy should be without this unique, now almost institutional, work. Even those who disagree with aspects of it will find its assemblage of little-publicized facts and array of options and prospects indispensable to the national political debate under way.? Conrad Black

?...revisits the statist, politically correct, over-regulated albatross that has being weighing on Canada?s spirit. Throw it off! Gairdner shows you how. This is an eloquent plea for liberty and independence by a keen-eyed critic who combines singing prose with a gimlet eye. Read this book! You?ll want to require every politician in Ottawa to pass a test on it before assuming office.? -Roger Kimball, editor, The New Criterion (Foundation for Cultural Review, New York)

?The Trouble with Canada opened my eyes to the decline of liberty in Canada. Now, Gairdner speaks to a new generation with a thoroughly updated version of that classic book. The struggle for freedom is never over.?-Tom Flanagan, professor of political science at the University of Calgary and former Conservative Party campaign manager

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Number 1, The Globe and Mail nonfiction bestseller list

Seven months, The Globe and Mail bestseller list

More than 75,000 copies sold!

“William Gairdner’s book will have a special impact on American readers who sometimes get the impression that political economic treatises that blow down this way from up there are all written by godchildren of John Kenneth Galbraith. Mr. Gairdner sees bright and clear what Canada so greatly needs, and his mobilizing passion wonderfully animates an analytical precision that should be the reason for a national?binational?celebration.“? ?William F. Buckley

“Clear, concise and assertive?a tour d’horizon of the Canadian socio-economic landscape?medicare, bilingualism, amateur sport, multiculturism, family life and even ‘pulpit socialism’?”

?The Globe and Mail

“A powerful book and searching application of new ideas about politics and economics to the continuing Canadian conundrum.“ ?Peter Brimelow

The Trouble with Canada is a caring, comprehensive assault on our social-welfare mentality that will jolt Canadians?and help to bring the country to its senses. I recommend its author and recommend the book to all who are concerned about our future.“ ?Michael Walker


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that must be read by ALL Canadians Jan. 3 2011
By Kim
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William Gairdner has been a keen observer of Canadian politics for a long time and understands precisely when the rot set in. Pierre E. Trudeau and his attempts to undermine the legacy left by the British encouraged him to use his position to introduce socialism into the country. As a follower of Socialism and big government control, he introduced various policies like the Official Languages Act, the Multiculturalism policy and the Charter and then gave the Courts the power to interpret these policies. All of the above have created a lot of unrest and division within the country, changing Canada from a fairly happy country to one that is full of discontent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rank Immorality of the Welfare State March 25 2011
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In print less than two years after his splendid Book of Absolutes, William Gairdner's The Trouble with Canada...Still is his twelfth major work to date, and promises to be yet another bestseller. In a country whose inhabitants are so contentedly in thrall to the "Swedish model" that they suffer both figuratively and literally from the Stockholm syndrome, Gairdner's is no mean feat. He achieves it, moreover, while writing serious books: historically and philosophically erudite, meticulously researched, and rather heftier than the cuisine minceur publishers typically serve up these days, with their eyes fixed on the bottom line.

As the adverb in the title indicates, Gairdner's current book is a revised and completely updated sequel to his original Trouble with Canada (1990). In the intervening two decades, so many of his earlier admonitions about the tumescent growth of Canada's political class and the correlative diminishment of her civil discourse and moral character have been reified, that one could hardly blame him if he were presently in the throes of a full-blown Cassandra-complex. But Gairdner's optimism and good humour leaven every page, even as his wistful recollections of Canada's erstwhile traditions of liberty and personal responsibility--his patriotism, in the best sense of the word--fill one with the kind of nostalgia that Cato must have felt.

Twenty years after the fall of International Communism one might assume that the socialist idea would by now have been fatally discredited. And yet every modern Western democracy is a suffocating Welfare State.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the REAL Canada Aug. 28 2004
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Personally, I feel that this book should be added to the the grade 12 academic calender. This book really shows a bit of all sides of Canadian History, Politics, Family, and virtually every aspect with living in a "Post Troudeau" generation.
Well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most relevant book ever written. Aug. 1 2011
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If you are a person who is confused about politics, societal inconsistencies and wonder why some people think one way, others a different way and really want to understand all of it clearly and logically, this book is for you.

Although a very long read, it's not boring and well worth the time spent. If you know nothing at all about politics and what it all means, what the leaders stand for, why they say the things they do, what it all means and how things happen, you'll have a very accurate understanding of "the big picture" when you're done. Gairdner's book is the only political book I've ever read that's a real page turner, every bit as exciting to read as a spy thriller! Except this isn't fiction, it's aboslute uncontestable fact. I wish learning history had been this much fun in school!

If you read this book and retain most of the knowledge within, you'll easily know more than 99% of the population about how the country works and how it should work. You'll be an expert in understanding the most important aspects of society, because it's important to note that even though the book is geared toward the goings-on in Canada, Americans and indeed all inhabitants of the world would be well advised to read this book too. So much of what Gairdner talks about is essentially universal, applying to the entire human condition rather than just a single country. The problems described and solutions to them which Gairdner provides transcend borders. Unlike most books that simply describes the problems, he provides real, workable and very logically thought out solutions.

Will the politicians who increasingly control our lives listen? That's up to you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Make You Angry Nov. 20 1999
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William Gairdner details methodically the flawed thinking that has taken Canada down the road to it's current mediocre existence. Gairdner ruthlessly gores every sacred cow the elites have created in this country from socialized medicine to official bilingualism and multiculturalism as state policy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book about the REAL Canada Aug. 28 2004
By Sir Lancelot - Published on Amazon.com
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Personally, I feel that this book should be added to the the grade 12 academic calender. This book really shows a bit of all sides of Canadian History, Politics, Family, and virtually every aspect with living in a "Post Troudeau" generation.
Well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Book May 22 1999
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Bravo Zulu to Mr. Gairdner. His book should be read by all Canadians. There's so much great stuff in it that I can't go into the detail here but it exposes the myths and realities of Multiculturalism, Medicare, the courts, the Justice system, Socialism, (the benifits of) Democratic Capitalism and many more.
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