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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 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.

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About the Author

Mel Hurtig is the legendary Edmonton bookseller, publisher, and creator of The Canadian Encyclopedia who became a political activist, then an author in 1991 with his huge bestseller The Betrayal of Canada. He is also the author of Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids, The Vanishing Country, and Rushing to Armageddon. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and has received many honorary degrees and honours. He lives in Vancouver.

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Table of Contents



Part One

1. Health Care in Canada and Our Tragic, Inexcusable Shortage of Doctors

2. Poverty in Canada

Part Two

3. Aboriginal Peoples in Canada

4. Canadian Social Policy

5. Employment and Unemployment in Canada

6. Ottawa’s UI/EI Cash Cow

7. Welfare in Canada

8. Immigration and Emigration

Part Three

9. Wages in Canada

10. The Distribution of Income in Canada

11. The Distribution of Wealth in Canada

12. Big-Business Bellyaching and Actual Corporate Profits in Canada

Part Four

13. Big-Business Investment in Canada

14. Research and Development

15. Productivity in Canada

16. Manufacturing in Canada

17. Cars, Trucks, and Auto Parts

18. Corporate Taxes in Canada

19. Personal Taxes

20. How Competitive Is Canada?

Part Five

21. Education in Canada

22. Culture in Canada

23. The Media in Canada

Part Six

24. Foreign Investment, Foreign Ownership, Foreign Control

25. Foreign Takeovers

26. Canadian Investment Abroad

27. The Free Trade Agreement


29. Trade in Goods and Services

30. Globalization

Part Seven

31. Foreign Aid

32. Defence, the Military, the Arms Trade, Peacekeeping, and the Arctic

Part Eight

33. Government in Canada

34. Decentralization

35. Energy Policy in Canada

36. Water

37. Gross Domestic Product

38. Standard of Living and the Quality of Life

Part Nine

39. Reforming Our Dysfunctional Electoral System

40. Women in Canada




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"Some Important, Some Astonishing, and Some Truly Appalling Things All Canadians Should Know about Our Country"
McClelland & Stewart
Hurtig, Mel
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