- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Canada (Sept. 19 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073527309X
- ISBN-13: 978-0735273092
- Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #128,827 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maximum Canada: Why 35 Million Canadians Are Not Enough Hardcover – Sep 19 2017
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Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 
“[An] important book. . . . Saunders’s new book provides a highly professional explanation of how we came to our present ‘crisis of underpopulation’—and why this crisis has beset Canada and pre-Confederation versions of Canada since the European landing. . . . Saunders is at his most persuasive in emphasizing that most of Canada’s modern history consists not of immigration into our country, but indeed of net outmigration and exodus—bleeding—by millions who went on to make their fortunes in, and pay taxes to, other countries, clearly to the loss of Canada and the Canadian project.” —The Globe and Mail
“[R]equired reading for anyone interested in Canadian demographics and the challenges and choices facing our country.” —Policy Options
“[A] timely look forward into the future from 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary since Confederation. Maximum Canada’s central premise is sure to provoke anyone raised to embrace Canada’s open spaces and distant geography (i.e. everyone in this country).” —Pique Newsmagazine
About the Author
DOUG SAUNDERS is a Canadian-British author and journalist. He is the author of the books Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World and The Myth of the Muslim Tide, and is the international-affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail. He served as the paper's London-based European bureau chief for a decade, after having run the paper's Los Angeles bureau, and has written extensively from East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, the Middle East and North Africa. He writes a weekly column devoted to the larger themes and intellectual concepts behind international news, and has won the National Newspaper Award on five occasions. The author lives in Toronto, ON.
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Doug Saunders is also the author of "Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World" and "The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West?". Both of these books on immigration trends and policies are good reads on a normally eye-glazing subject, even if you don't care now about who's going to be looking after you in your old age.
The author suggests that such a population should be concentrated in large metropolitan areas, but I believe almost every community in Canada could benefit from larger populations.
The author’s slightly flippant review of Canada’s history was refreshing. In the book he suggests that Canada may well triple in population over the next 70 years, as it has in the last 70. However he suggests that the country should comprehensively plan for such an increase . I agree with this hope, but Canada’s history suggest that politicians will never stick to plan for more than a decade, so I guess we will have to accept a more willy nilly approach.
The book is worth reading for its insights.
It's remarkable how little the psychology behind this mode of communication has changed over the years, and how easy it remains to identify. Doug Saunders is a rank-and-file ideologue whose books and columns one searches in vain for substantive criticism of 'leftist' positions or fair treatment of 'rightist' ones, whatever the topic. His views on immigration are no exception, so Maximum Canada's thesis and cherry-picking approach to research should be taken with several grains of salt.
This observation isn't intended as political advice. There's nothing wrong with having leftist sympathies--I vote left myself. It pays to distrust non-negotiable, ideological approaches to cognition, though, if you're in the market for reliable guides to public issues. Saunders is the secular version of a religious apologist: every 'analysis' he offers serves the task of affirming the One True Conclusion he knows he has to reach. When you fall into the trap of thinking rightist propaganda should be countered with leftist propaganda, rather than anti-propaganda, you've left responsible journalism behind and become a social engineer (move over, Mao).
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