A Fair Country

A Fair Country

Telling Truths About Canada

eBook - 2014
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In this startlingly original vision of Canada, renowned thinker John Ralston Saul argues that Canada is a Metis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by Aboriginal ideas: Egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all Aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. An obstacle to our progress, Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn't believe in Canada. It is critical that we recognize these aspects of the country in order to rethink it's future.
Publisher: New York : Pintail, 2014
ISBN: 9780143175339
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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“What we are today has been inspired as much by four centuries of life with the indigenous civilizations as by four centuries of immigration. Perhaps more. Today we are the outcome of that experience.”

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Feb 09, 2015

Every single Canadian needs to read this.

Nov 04, 2014

This book may indeed tell truths about Canada, some of which I was not aware of. But for a man of such distinction as John Ralston Saul, this is a surprisingly weak effort.

Oct 21, 2010

Filled with questionable logic, numbers and a sore lack of citation. As an opinion piece it's arrogant, as a piece of intellectual literature it's almost laughable.

Mar 09, 2010

Says some very flattering things about Canada -- I just wish it were true.

Jan 12, 2010

John Ralston Saul posits that Canada needs to turn to it's Aboriginal roots in order to face the future. "A Fair Country" challenges all Canadians to find our true voice as a nation; to re-evaluate what it means to be Canadian; to look to our rich Metis heritage for inspiration and to our founding politicians belief that Canada could be a unique experiment where, "Peace, Welfare, and Good Government" could thrive. Ultimately, "A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada" is an interesting and worthwhile read.

Nov 17, 2008

intellectual and lots of data mining

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