The Trouble with Canada...Still!: A Citizen Speaks Out Paperback – Oct 20 2010
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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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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 WalkerSee all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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