While Canada Slept

While Canada Slept

How We Lost Our Place in the World

Book - 2003
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For how much longer can Canada expect to get a free ride? With 9/11 and the international "war on terrorism," the time has come to ask some hard questions. Should we continue to starve our military, reduce our humanitarian assistance, dilute our diplomacy, and absent ourselves from global intelligence-gathering? Can we expect to sit at the global table by virtue of our economic power without pursuing a foreign policy worthy of our history, geography, and diversity? Canada has been getting by on the cheap, writes Andrew Cohen in this timely, forceful, and insightful new book. Our reluctance to pay our own way has had a cost: it has eroded the pillars of our international stature. We are still trading on the reputation this country built two generations ago, but it is a reputation we no longer deserve. We claim to be engaged abroad, but for too long we have been a freeloader, trying to do the same for less, practising pinch-penny diplomacy and foreign policy on the cheap. Our capacity in these key areas has become glaringly inadequate, and now that weakness is compromising our ability to honour our traditional commitments overseas. The time is ripe for a thorough re-examination of our foreign policy, to affirm our values, to win the respect of our allies, to carry our weight.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2003
ISBN: 9780771022753
Branch Call Number: 327.71 COH
Characteristics: 220 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 14, 2015

An internationalist's lament that Canada is increasingly focussing more on its own problems than foreign ones. Written before Harper's influence became obvious it avoids the current trap of assuming our current views are his 'fault' since the change long predates him. I found little positive here.

May 06, 2010

Awesome book. It's a little out of date, but that doesn't mean it's not good. I suggest everyone read this book!


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May 06, 2010

".. Perhaps he resented that Pearson had given a speech in Philadelphia urging Johnson to halt the bombing in Vietnam. Pearson's unsolicited advice provoked a volcanic eruption from LBJ, who was livid that Pearson had criticized him in his backyard. "You pissed on my rug!" the president lectured the prime minister afterwards, grabbing him by the lapels and nearly lifting him off his feet."

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