Douglas & McIntyre
Who We Are

Book details:

March 2009
ISBN 978-1-55365-124-6
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
224 pages
$29.95 CAD


Douglas & McIntyre

Who We Are

A Citizen's Manifesto

A passionate call for Canadians to take stock and re-engage with our country and its values before we falter as a nation.

Canadians have come to embrace their country as a “postmodern state”—a nation that downplays its history and makes few demands on its citizens, allowing them to find their allegiances where they may—in their region, their ethnic heritage or the language they speak. The notion of a Canadian national identity, with shared responsibilities and a common purpose, is considered out of date, even a disadvantage in a borderless world of transnational economies, resurgent regions and global immigration.

In his timely and provocative book Who We Are, Rudyard Griffiths argues that this vision of Canada is an intellectual and practical dead end. Without a strong national identity, and robust Canadian civic values and engagement, the country will be hard pressed to meet the daunting challenges that lie ahead: the social costs of an aging population, the unavoidable effects of global warming and the fallout of a dysfunctional immigration system.

What’s needed is a rediscovery of the founding principles that made Canada the nation it is today, core values that can form a civic creed for our own times. In a passionate call to revitalize our shared Canadian citizenship, Griffiths reminds us of who we are, what we’ve accomplished and why a loyalty beyond the local and personal is essential for our nation’s survival.

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