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The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late to Save Canada? [Hardcover]

Mel Hurtig
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Book Description

Oct. 22 2002
Is it all over for Canada? There are a number of thoughtful people who think so. Mel Hurtig, however, believes there is still a chance to reassert Canadian independence. But first, Canadians need to understand how much has been lost. Our politicians are not telling us. Our business leaders certainly are not telling us. And our media definitely are not telling us. The border dividing Canada and the United States has never been more fragile. Canada is vanishing. The evidence is available to those who know where to look for it. It can be found in reports published by Statistics Canada, the OECD, the World Bank, the United Nations and its affiliated organizations, and by a variety of research organizations including the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

In characteristically pungent prose, Mel Hurtig reveals the truth about health care, the banks, taxation, newspaper conglomerates, political funding, social spending, decentralization, privatization, globalization, sovereignty, competitiveness, Americanization, the war on drugs, corporate concentration, and the quality of life in Canada. He concludes with chapters on the concentration of ownership in the Canadian media, the need for electoral and parliamentary reform, the necessity of asserting Canadian sovereignty, and a final, positive chapter entitled “The Good Country.”

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“Exquisitely researched.”
Monday Magazine

“Hurtig argues convincingly that this country is dying a slow and painful death.…The Vanishing Country is thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking..…This book should be read by every concerned Canadian – fellow travellers and critics alike.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Mel Hurtig, still a prominent nationalist lion at age 70, is roaring again – and raising hackles – with a new book that suggests the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency may be pulling strings to promote the Americanization of Canada.”
Canadian Press

“Whatever nasty names Mel Hurtig might be called, he can be accused of neither cowardice nor hypocrisy and certainly not of indolence. His tireless championing of the cause of an economically and culturally independent Canada has been utterly consistent and, yes, in its way courageous.”
Edmonton Journal

“Mel unquestionably has his finger directly on some very sore spots in the Canadian social fabric.…Mel Hurtig is a doer. To him we owe the creation of The Canadian Encyclopedia, a tremendous national resource. We also owe him another debt: he has never given up on Canada and he has never given up on the value of public debate.”
Edmonton Journal

“In contrast to the image of Canadians as polite and conciliatory, [Hurtig] is provocative and accusatory…this is strong stuff.”
Globe and Mail

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“Exquisitely researched.”
Monday Magazine

“Hurtig argues convincingly that this country is dying a slow and painful death.…The Vanishing Country is thoroughly engaging and thought-provoking..…This book should be read by every concerned Canadian – fellow travellers and critics alike.”
Ottawa Citizen

“Mel Hurtig, still a prominent nationalist lion at age 70, is roaring again – and raising hackles – with a new book that suggests the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency may be pulling strings to promote the Americanization of Canada.”
Canadian Press

“Whatever nasty names Mel Hurtig might be called, he can be accused of neither cowardice nor hypocrisy and certainly not of indolence. His tireless championing of the cause of an economically and culturally independent Canada has been utterly consistent and, yes, in its way courageous.”
Edmonton Journal

“Mel unquestionably has his finger directly on some very sore spots in the Canadian social fabric.…Mel Hurtig is a doer. To him we owe the creation of The Canadian Encyclopedia, a tremendous national resource. We also owe him another debt: he has never given up on Canada and he has never given up on the value of public debate.”
Edmonton Journal

“In contrast to the image of Canadians as polite and conciliatory, [Hurtig] is provocative and accusatory…this is strong stuff.”
Globe and Mail

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American who loved The Vanishing Country March 30 2003
Format:Hardcover
I just had the pleasure of finishing Mel Hurtig's book The Vanishing Country: Is it too late to save Canada? As an American, I feel that everyone in this country should be required to read this book. Not only will our people see what our country does to our closest neighbor country, but also what a wide discrepancy we have between the two countries. Also, you will learn in deed how simmilar our two countries are. In Canada, most college students can graduate without taking a Canadian history class. Sadly, where I graduated from, you are also not required to take an American history class.
Every American should read this book. It will open your eyes to how our country really deals with the international world, and how we rate amongst other countries.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Mel Feb. 14 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A sincere thank you to Mel Hurtig for writing "The Vanishing Country". Clearly Hurtig is one of the few public figures who is not afraid to tell the truth about Canada: that it is a country for sale. From our adoption of American consumerism to foreign control of our oil industry Mel delivers the straight goods on the current state of affairs in Canada. This book brings to the surface what should have been obvious to Canadians long ago- multi-national corporations and pandering to foreign interests are the forces that are defining our country. Is it too late to change this? Most likely, because the only institutions with enough power to change this are the ones who created it in the first place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars makes me more mad every time I read it May 1 2004
Format:Hardcover
Mel starts by telling the reader how good we have it in Canada, with all the space we have compared with Europe or Asia, and how lucky he felt to grow up here after immigrating from Eastern Europe. He then goes on to tell us how, since the Mulroney government abolished the Foreign Investment Review Agency in 1985, approximately 13000 Canadian businesses have been taken over, mostly by Americans. He also says why this is bad due to transfer pricing & other things. Then he goes on to say why it would be a bad thing to continue the "Americanisation" of Canada and gives us some differences between Canada & the United States, including why Canada is better in many ways than the United States. Near the end, he lists many alternatives to the current situation, including 4 things which MUST happen for Canada to survive in any meaningful way. Is it too late to save Canada? I think it's a question of political will. Canada isn't Haiti; it has more to do with will than opportunity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for those who love Canada March 13 2004
By Travis
Format:Hardcover
I have had the opportunity to hear Mel speak several times and I recommend that anyone with an interest in the future of Canada listen to what he has to say. His books are a harsh reality check, and eye opener to the past, present and future of Canada. "Vanishing Country" addresses the Americanization of Canada and pulls no punches in naming those who have contributed to dissolving Canadian sovereignty and selling out Canada (at bargain prices) to the super power south of the border. "Vanishing Country" is a MUST read for everyone that gives a damn about the future of Canada. Read this book, and tell everyone else to read it too!!
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