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 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 example; 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
Forget it. We can’t cut back the proportion of production that we sell to the United States. And NAFTA says we can’t charge Americans a penny more than we charge Canadians. Has anyone in Canada stopped to think for even a moment what would happen if there was a major crisis in the Middle East and oil supplies to the United States were cut off? We know for sure that prices in the United States would go up sharply. And because of NAFTA, Canadian prices would do the same. So, all this considered,
president is Thomas d’Aquino, Canada’s leading corporate advocate of deeper integration with the United States. Collectively, the CCCE administers some $3.2-trillion in assets and has annual revenue of some $750-billion. The CCCE is almost certainly the most continentalist corporate organization in modern Canadian history. The BCNI was the leading and most powerful proponent of both the FTA and NAFTA. CCPA — Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This is an independent research institute
articles, and studies. The OECD member countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. portfolio investment — The purchase of shares and bonds for income yields or capital gains, not with the objective of
have larger or much larger populations: the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Mexico, China, France, Italy, and Spain. On a per-capita basis, measured in U.S. dollars per head, Canada is 16th in book sales, at only about $63 per annum. Norway is number one at $167, followed by Japan at $163 and Germany at $148. The other countries with per-capita annual books sales higher than Canada are Finland ($124), Belgium ($117), Switzerland ($112), the United States ($110), Singapore
than a dozen of Canada’s largest corporations with total assets of more than $57 billion have been swallowed by foreign predators. And the response has been … well, there really hasn’t been a response. There have been no calls in Parliament, any legislature, the media, or the halls of academe for a royal commission on the consequences for our economic sovereignty from this unprecedented yard sale of Canadian industrial assets. So, we have the outsourcing of decision-making to Switzerland and