The Truth About Canada

The Truth About Canada

Some Important, Some Astonishing, Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country

Book - 2008
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Renowned as a passionate Canadian, bestselling author Mel Hurtig has combed through world statistics to see how Canada really measures up -- and the results are astonishing, and often shocking. This book is about how Canada has changed, very much for the worse, in the last twenty years. As a result of these profound (often hidden) changes, we are no longer the people we think we are. To take one example, the Canadian media usually leaves us with the impression that Canadians are really heavily taxed. Yes, compared to the U.S.A., the usual point of comparison. No, compared to other countries with our standard of living, other OECD countries, for examp≤ there we come in 23rd on the high-tax scale. The shocks in this book build up, chapter by chapter. How do we rank in the world in voter turnout? Try 109th. Number of physicians per 100,000 population? Try 54th. Our rank in reducing pollution? 126th out of 146 countries. Some of the statistics are internal, comparing Canada then and now. They back up two of the book's most powerful themes: the failure of Canadian big business to turn record profits into ongoing investment in our country, and (no coincidence) the sellout of our assets at a rate that no other country would allow. This statistics-based book ranges across all areas of our lives -- including health, wages, productivity, culture, the media ("the most concentrated in the world"), and much else. Mel Hurtig's message is that we can't do anything to fix the direction we're drifting in unless we recognize it -- and recognize The Truth About Canada.
Publisher: Toronto : Douglas Gibson Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780771041655
Branch Call Number: 971.073 HUR
Characteristics: xii, 396 p. ; 24 cm

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naturalist
Jul 19, 2015

also by Mel Hurtig 1932-
“The Vanishing Country: is it Too Late to Save Canada?” 2002, McClelland & Stewart, ISBN: 0771042159 . . .
and . . .
“Rushing to Armageddon: the Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence and Star Wars” 2004, McClelland & Stewart, ISBN: 0771041624 . . .
and . . .
“Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids : the Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada” 1999, McClelland & Stewart, ISBN-10: 0771042132, ISBN-13: 9780771042133, ISBN-10: 0771042140, ISBN-13: 9780771042140

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mamabadger56
Jun 28, 2015

This is a fascinating, enlightening, and alarming book which every Canadian ought to read. Hurtig gives us the vital data on Canada and how and why it's drifting away from the direction most Canadians want.

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darlenestrom
Feb 05, 2014

We do not have the country that we think we have. We do not have the country that we use to have. We do not have the country that we should have and that is possible to have. We are falling so far behind the norm of the average in a developed country that only radical change in government policy is now required.
Please read this book (even if it is a little bit dated, things have only got worse).
Time to change our apathy ... someone is taking advantage of that. And taking advantage of what we consider 'news' in this country. Look behind who owns the news and why you are being fed the information that you are. The truth about Canada is available, if you are willing to look.
This isn't about somebody else, this is about you!

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Liber_vermis
Jul 05, 2012

This compendium, published in early 2008, has facts and figures on just about every political topic of interest to Canadians (except perhaps global climate change). Hurtig should update his book to cover the Harper Government years from 2006. This book would be more useful to readers if it had an index.

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mamabadger56
Jun 28, 2015

"Knowing that a new government treaty like the FTA or NAFTA for further Canada-U.S. integration would never survive the opposition in Parliament, 'Proponents have moved underground to promote "deep integration"...policy harmonization that increasingly opens social life across the continent to the discipline of the market. It is about increasing the power of corporations and ongoing de-regulation'."

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mamabadger56
Jun 28, 2015

"The so-called 'NAFTA-plus' or 'deep integration' or 'Grand Bargain' being promoted and discussed at these secret meetings plans for the elimination of barriers to even greater foreign ownership and control, the slashing of government spending on social programs, the weakening of prospective environmental regulation...and many other policies that will result in even greater control of Canada by the United States."

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Liber_vermis
Jul 06, 2012

"In 1989, the House of Commons passed their now notorious all-party unanimous resolution promising to wipe out child poverty in Canada by the year 2000. At that time ... 15.1 percent of children in this country were living in poverty. ... By 2004, despite substantial economic growth and huge wealth creation, the number of poor children had grown to 17.7 percent, or almost 1.2 million children.: [p. 22]

"Royalties in Alberta's oil sands have for many years probably been the lowest in the world. ... Overall petroleum taxes, royalties, and revenue-sharing in the petroleum industry in Canada have been less than a third of those in Norway." [p. 289]

Child poverty in Norway is between 2.4 to 4.2 percent. [p. 24]

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