This is another great classic about Canada and the state of politics and economy. This is a book for the historian and the person who is simply interested in Canada and receiving as much information as possible.
This book answers questions such as:
- Does history matter?
- Is Canada a nation of too many identities?
- Where have all the heroes gone?
- Is there life after unity?
- Is multiculturalism viable in a post-9/11 world?
Answers to these questions are varied and individual. But as the writers try to answer these provocative questions, many of their individual preferences come to the fore. So, the answers are a bit biased in favour of the author’s own opinion. However, the opinions are very well-reasoned and solid. So, the reader has a chance to form his/her own opinions.
In this new edition, columnists George Jonas and Haroon Siddiqui debate the future of a multicultural society in a post 9/11 world, while political adviser Tom Flanagan and aboriginal rights lawyer (and great-grandniece of Louis Riel) Jean Teillet discuss the controversial issue of native land claims.
The book is intelligent and thought-provoking. These essays are passionate and honest. As a philosopher I realize first-hand that even some of the most hot button topics can be given a reasoned response, ones that are formed by an underlying spirit of shared values and common experience.
This book is a must-read for all Canadians, especially those who are worried about the state of Canadian politics.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth