By Rudyard Griffiths

Faced with yet one more minority executive, Canadians truly can't make a decision who we'd like as a pacesetter. In Who we're: A Citizen's Manifesto, Rudyard Griffiths injects a welcomed ardour into the way forward for Canadian politics and what it skill to be Canadian. He explains the suggestion of a countrywide identification at a time whilst Canadian nationalism and solidarity are a central authority precedence, following the Harper government's production of a sub-ministerial cupboard portfolio with the identify Canadian identification.

Clearly and thoughtfully, Griffiths addresses worldwide warming, immigration and an getting older inhabitants, and argues that the "Canada lite" version ends up in a useless finish: irrelevancy at the global degree and divisive strife at domestic. He reminds us of who we're, what we now have entire and why a loyalty past the neighborhood and private is key for Canada's survival.

 

Show description

Read or Download Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto PDF

Best Canada books

The Long Stretch (The Cape Breton Trilogy, Book 1)

From a proficient storyteller and one in all Canada’ s most dear reporters, The lengthy Stretch is a saga of affection and warfare, the tale of these who've "gone away" and people who are pressured to stick. in a single apocalyptic evening, John Gillis and his estranged cousin Sextus confront a part century of half-truths and suppositions that experience formed and scarred their lives, their households and their insular Cape Breton neighborhood.

Lady Parts

A hilarious, enjoyable, and sometimes relocating memoir, from the a number of Tony and Emmy-awarding profitable actress and comedienne, and SCTV alum, Andrea Martin no matter if lighting fixtures up the small reveal in her new television sequence, operating the Engels, on NBC, or stealing scenes at the huge monitor in My massive fats Greek marriage ceremony and Hedwig and the offended Inch, or starring at the degree in her fresh Tony award successful position as Berthe in Pippin, Andrea Martin has lengthy entertained audiences along with her hilarious characterizations and heartwarming performances.

Mavericks: An Incorrigible History of Alberta

The 5th identify in our provincial histories sequence, Mavericks is an idiosyncratic and episodic background of what's arguably Canada's such a lot unconventional province. From mapmakers to ranchers, Stampede Wrestling to Stockwell Day, acclaimed author Aritha van Herk brings the drama and combative great thing about this irascible province to lovely existence.

A Handful of Time

Whilst Patricia's mom sends her to her cousins' cottage for the summer season, Patricia doesn't are looking to cross. She doesn't comprehend her cousins in any respect, and she's by no means been reliable at tenting or canoeing, not to mention making new acquaintances.

Extra info for Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto

Show sample text content

Open air of Parliament’s hallowed halls, preliminary response from the media and the pundits used to be mostly confident, every now and then verging on fawning. many of the information assurance focussed at the fast political context, praising the best minister for outfoxing the Bloc and masterfully dealing with either his personal caucus and the Liberals. a few commentators welcomed the stream as an indication of Canada’s growing to be adulthood as a country. To the Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson, a clever observer of nationwide politics, the movement was once a welcome breath of clean air: “For someone below forty, it’s so seen that Quebec is its personal state that the topic isn’t worthy discussing. They recognize what issues way more is the growth of the Quebec country and the evolving post-national Canada to which it belongs as we proceed the journey of shaping the world’s first really multicultural nation. ” In different phrases, the movement represented a much-needed approach replace, yet no longer a full-scale reboot, of the country’s working code. The pondering used to be that the movement could recognize not just Quebec’s specialty in a non-constitutional type, but additionally the confident alterations Canada itself had skilled because the wrenching disasters at Meech Lake and Charlottetown. the rustic had improved. due to Canada turning into extra various within the last many years of the 20 th century, Canadians have been now not reluctant, within the first decade of the twenty-first century, to officially realize the Québécois or the other ancient minority workforce as “national” groups with their very own histories and cultures. a variety of Aboriginal rights have been already officially well-known within the structure and legit multiculturalism implicitly said that we have been a rustic made from now not one, yet many identities. within the view of observers like John Ibbitson, competitors of the motion—all these fogies 40 years of age and older who have been nonetheless wistful approximately Expo sixty seven and Trudeaumania—failed to understand the measure to which the rustic had left at the back of a one-size-fits-all id and was once quick changing into a postnational group of a number of cultures if now not a number of “nations. ” along those that supported the movement on cultural grounds was once an influential staff that embraced it for ideological purposes. For a small yet influential staff of western Conservatives and delicate nationalists in Quebec—the teams that constituted Stephen Harper’s powerbase inside his party—the Québécois-as-nation debate got here right down to an issue concerning the nature of federalism and the aim of valuable govt in Canada. They favoured the movement as a big step within the production of the extra “open federalism” that had develop into Conservative celebration coverage through the earlier election. The government’s essentially acknowledged target used to be to offer the provinces a better say within the construction and supply of together funded courses and, within the identify of potency and effectiveness, to take away the government from a few parts of provincial jurisdiction altogether.

Rated 4.51 of 5 – based on 11 votes