Douglas & McIntyre
Intent for a Nation

Book details:

June 2007
ISBN 978-1-55365-250-2
Hardcover
6" x 9"
240 pages
Political Science POL000000
Current Affairs
Politics
$32.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Intent for a Nation

What is Canada For?

A compelling call to arms to reinvigorate our vision of Canada's place in the world, from one of the best of our new generation of public intellectuals.

Why do Canadians think so small? "We're a serious country. But our clout -- we don't use it


A relentlessly optimistic look at Canada's place in the world, real and potential, by one of the brightest of a new generation of political thinkers.

"The public has no idea how influential Canada is. We're the second largest country in the world. We've got one of the highest standards of living, a fully functioning public health system, and we're the largest source of oil and gas to the world's greatest superpower. We've got one of the largest economies on the planet, and we're the only G8 country with balanced books. We're a serious country. But our clout-we don't use it. Canada has the capacity to do truly great things."

-Michael Byers, quoted in The Georgia Straight, January 12, 2006.

So what is it that makes Canadians think so small? We are a major country at a moment of great opportunity, not just for Canadians but for all of humanity. In Intent for a Nation, Michael Byers argues that it is time for a clear-eyed appreciation of our strengths and weaknesses, of all we have and all we could be. A whole series of world events-the waning of US credibility; the increasing value of natural resources; the brain-gain; the ever-increasing interdependence of peoples, countries and continents-have combined to put Canada centre stage in a new world order. Instead of emulating our increasingly isolated neighbour, we should be advancing the Canadian model, an idealistic, fiscally prudent, socially progressive vision that has never looked so good.

"Intent for a Nation" is a fundamentally optimistic, informed and opinionated overview of where Canada stands in the world and what aggressive public policies are needed to carry the country forward in an ever more competitive and volatile world.

Here is a book urging Canadians to rediscover their national self-confidence, to find the courage to dream great dreams-and make them happen.

MICHAEL BYERS holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He is the author of Custom, Power and the Power of Rules (1999) and War Law (Douglas & McIntyre, 2005). He is the author of Custom, Power and the Power of Rules (1999) and War Law (Douglas & McIntyre, 2005). Byers is a regular commentator on the CBC and a frequent contributor to such periodicals as The London Review of Books, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star.

About the Author

Michael  Byers

Michael Byers

Michael Byers holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Professor Byers ...

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