Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future

Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future

Becoming Canada Our Story Our Politics Our Future In this passionate thought provoking vision for Canada Ken Dryden argues that we have paid a price for having the wrong sense of ourselves as a country The old definition of Canada genial but someti

  • Title: Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future
  • Author: Ken Dryden
  • ISBN: 9780771029455
  • Page: 478
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In this passionate, thought provoking vision for Canada, Ken Dryden argues that we have paid a price for having the wrong sense of ourselves as a country The old definition of Canada genial but sometimes too self deprecating and ambition killing is no longer the real story Through recent global events such as Barack Obama s election and first year in office the climIn this passionate, thought provoking vision for Canada, Ken Dryden argues that we have paid a price for having the wrong sense of ourselves as a country The old definition of Canada genial but sometimes too self deprecating and ambition killing is no longer the real story Through recent global events such as Barack Obama s election and first year in office the climate conference in Copenhagen and even the 2010 Winter Olympics, Dryden explores the clash between politics and story, and the importance of a nation finding its true narrative in order to thrive By tracing the ups and downs in contemporary Canadian politics, from the Liberal leadership race to Stephen Harper s Conservative minority governments, Michael Ignatieff s appointment as Opposition leader, and prorogation, Ken Dryden presciently identifies the obstacles facing Canada He observes a sea change taking place among Canadians, who want something for their country The ambition of Canada s policies and the nature of our politics will not change, Dryden says, until we conceive of a new story for the nation Becoming Canada is at once a celebration of Canada and a timely, ardent rallying cry to all Canadians to build upon Canada s unique place in the world It is certain to inspire new conversations about our Canada s identity at home and abroad.

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    It took me more pages than I'd like to admit to realize that this isn't just Ken Dryden's vision of a better Canada; it's Ken Dryden's vision of Ken Dryden's Canada. Well, okay, that's fair.I think his single best line is on page 151, at the close of the third chapter on recent Ottawa history, talking about how Harper constantly has Ignatieff's number, but in doing so demeans both Ignatieff and himself. "George W. Bush made Obama possible; Harper is now making a great liberal possible because he [...]

    I saw Ken Dryden interviewed by Steve Paiken and when I picked the book up at the library I'll admit that I was taken in by the reviews by James Orbinski and Anne Michaels. After the first two chapters I nearly stopped - his style of writing (he writes like he talks) makes it hard to concentrate on what he is saying and the first two chapters (long ones) were about the US and Copenhagen. Once he turned to Canada - and specifically Ottawa it held my interest. I liked reading his perspective on th [...]

    Bad assumptions, superficial repetition of tired press stories, poor history, and vapid commentary. Utterly failing to understand the underpinnings of historical Liberal success, it chooses to rely instead on self-flattery to unite the past and future of the party. As a rallying cry for the existing Liberal base, sure -- it's right up their alley. But the present base is only the target for leadership of the party, not of the country.

    It's been awhile since I've read this book, but I remember it as a kind of feel-good book for Canadians. You have to bear in mind that it was written by a Liberal before the last election occurred, but the message is still the same: Canada has potential. And some things that may be considered embarrassingly Canadian really aren't that embarrassing, or maybe we should even be proud of them. It was sort of a response or retort to the more cynical or browbeaten among us.

    A book every Canadian should read. He tells the story of our past, not always just our history; the story of our politics, for better and worse and most importantly challenges all of us to think and tell the story of our future. A marvellous, maarvellous book.

    A pep-talk from a man who is a better writer than he demonstrates here. While I agree with alot of what he says, I think Dryden has the ability to express it more artfully. This reads like an "instant" book.

    Mentioned by Jian Ghomeshi, who is interviewing Ken Dryden on Q on October 12. Book profile from the publisher: mcclelland/catalog/dis

    The chapter called "Becoming Canada" absolutely nails it. The rest of the book eh interesting as an insider's report on current affairs, but not something I would reread.

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