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The Vanishing Country: Is It Too Late to Save Canada? Hardcover – Oct 22 2002


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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; Canadian First edition (Oct. 22 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771042159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771042157
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 4.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #594,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Cowan on 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 By A Customer on Feb. 14 2003
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By another reader on 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 By Travis on March 13 2004
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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