Urban Nation Hardcover – Apr 22 2008
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“Alan Broadbent, entrepreneur and philanthropist, has made a brilliant discovery: The land of moose, mountains and Mounties also has cities. Big cities. Diverse cities. Creative cities. The engines of our knowledge economy. The places where three quarters of us choose to live and work. But guess what? Cities have the governance sovereignty of small children in a patriarchal family. It’s time, says Broadbent, that Canada woke up and stopped starving the geese that are laying the golden eggs. It is time to provide our great cities with the powers and fiscal resources to do their jobs properly. If we do not, the entire nation will suffer.” -- Michael Adams, author of Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada and the Myth of Converging Values
About the Author
ALAN BROADBENT is chairman and CEO of Avana Capital Corporation, a private investment holding company that also initiates and funds various civic engagement projects to strengthen public discourse on sustaining civil society, including the Jane Jacobs Prize and Ideas That Matter. He is also chairman of the Maytree Foundation, which is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Canada, and its offshoot, the Caledon Institute of Social Policy. Alan Broadbent sits on a number of other boards, including the Tides Foundation (Canada), The Literary Review of Canada and the Agora Foundation. He lives in Toronto.
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