The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream (Paperback)

Perfecting the Canadian Dream

By John Ibbitson

McClelland & Stewart, 9780771043178, 288pp.

Publication Date: October 17, 2006



From one of this country's best and most controversial political writers, a searing blueprint for the Next Canada.
Five years into the twenty-first century, Canada is viewed as one of the most desirable nations in the world in which to live. Despite the worries of many Canadians our country's regional and linguistic divisions, our frequent identity crises Canada, it seems, has a lot of good things going for it.
The federal election of 2004, however, revealed new cracks in an already flawed political system. John Ibbitson argues that we have entered a new political era, that Canada has become a nation of solitudes the West, the English Centre, the French Centre, the East each of which has its own cultural and economic concerns, none of which are being sufficiently recognized by the major political parties. If we cling stubbornly to old methods of governance, he says, we risk losing all that the Confederation has achieved in its first 138 years.
In this compelling, and ultimately hopeful book, John Ibbitson dismantles the old ways of thinking about Canada's immigration, free trade, social, and defence policies. His ideas for the future of this country are daring a devolution of power and dollars from the federal to the provincial level, a revamping of medicare, a refashioning of the electoral system. They amount to no less than a revolutionary plan for the creation and defence of a new national dream.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

JOHN IBBITSON is Writer at Large for the Globe and Mail, having also served as chief political writer, political affairs columnist and bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa. His previous political books include the national number-one bestselling"The Big Shift"(with Darrell Bricker), "The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream"and"Open and Shut: Why America Has Barack Obama and Canada Has Stephen Harper." A winner of the Governor General's Award, Ibbitson has been shortlisted for the Donner Prize, the National Newspaper Award, the Trillium Award, and the City of Toronto Book Award. He lives in Ottawa."