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The Truth About Canada: "Some Important, Some Astonishing, And Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know About Our Country"

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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 thin
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Douglas Gibson (first published April 29th 2008)
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Jul 25, 2011 Roy added it
This book is about how Canada has changed, very much for the worse, in the last twenty years . Asa result of these profund ( often hidden ) changes, we are no longer the people we think we are . In comparsion with others we now contribute far less abroad to help others nations than we like to believe . At home, while the rich are getting even richer, we share less and less with our most deserving fellow citzens , notably kids living in poverty . The shocks in this book build up , chapter by chap ...more
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Aug 01, 2011 Byron Wright rated it liked it
This book is a tough read because it is primarily statistics. And the more that get listed, the more my eyes tended to glaze over. However, this is the gist....

"There are lies, damned lies, and statistics." Everything that you commonly see that compares the Canada and the United States is based on statistics. Which statistics are selected and how the point of reference is critical. Most Canadian media (and predominantly right wing think tanks) select macro level statistics which may or may not b
Jun 17, 2010 Rob rated it liked it
This is definitely a three-star book, but I'm tempted feel like it deserves a higher average rating, because there are much worse books with higher averages. (Although if you pick your books by average GR reading you probably read mostly Neil Gaiman, not Canadian political screeds.) In any case, Canadians really need to be disabused of their rosy self-image, and to figure out that being better than America doesn't mean being good. Unfortunately, Hurtig's wooden prose style and constant processio ...more
Oct 06, 2008 May rated it liked it
Heavy on the stats but very revealing on what he had to say about Canada's healthcare, post-secondary education, foreign aid, and electoral system. Hurtig does not paint a rosy picture of our country. More than anything, Hurtig is telling his reader that we must learn to question and investigate what we hear in the media and what is really coming out of our politicians' mouths. While this book will not impact how I will vote in this federal election, it does, however, confirm my choice and makes ...more
May 20, 2013 Pat rated it it was amazing
Every Canadian should read this was truly scary to see the direction our country is being driven to and all against our wishes. We are truly powerless against the secret agenda our politicians and conglomerate media have to break us apart and sell us off to the highest bidder. We are turning into a McJob nation run by foreign companies that funnel the profits along with our natural resources out of our country. Wake up! I think it will take a revolution as it seems no matter who we ele ...more
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Mel Hurtig might be the angriest man in Canada. He's angry at our "myopic" politicians, he's angry at our "selfish" big business, he's angry at our "continentalist" media -- and if you aren't angry at them, too, then he's probably angry at you. Hurtig has just released The Truth About Canada, which he claims is "one of the most anti-establishment books published in my lifetime" -- no small feat for a man of 75.
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Jan 05, 2012 Aimee Warrington rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get through this statistics-heavy dry read and really, i wanted to give it 3.5 stars but since that's not an option I rounded up. Getting passed the exhausting numbers the information in the book is both fascinating and blood boiling. Overall I feel this is a valuable book on the Canadian economic and political situation.
Jul 12, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
The information was useful, but it was presented in a less-interesting format than the average textbook. It was scattered, strident, and focused more on presenting numbers than explaining them (and I like math, so if I'm noticing this it must be going too far). I wish more people knew about the topic, but I won't be recommending this book.
Jul 01, 2008 Exrex rated it did not like it
I thought I would read something more left wing that what I usually read. I have to say so far I am dissapointed, its just a rant that we aren't as nice as we used to be. And every "solution" tossed out so far has been more government spending, and therefore higher taxes.

I will be interested to see as I read the book if there are any real solutions proposed.
May 03, 2010 Curtis rated it liked it
Finished about 100 or so pages of this book. It had some good sources for stats, but that is pretty much all it was. Didn’t offer any way to change what we’ve gotten into but just shows the bleakness of the situation. Perhaps meant to be a wakeup call, just depressing mostly.
May 11, 2011 Tim rated it really liked it
Good book. It's a little difficult to get through as the author throws around a lot of statistics, but still very good overall.

I'd take some of what he says with a grain of salt.
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