Canada: Beyond Grudges, Grievances, and Disunity (Hardcover)

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Canada: Beyond Grudges, Grievances, and Disunity (Hardcover)


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Canada’s political structure runs contrary to North America’s economic geography and the north-south economic pull. Canada imported political and administrative institutions designed for a unitary state, and its political leaders have struggled to make them work since the country was founded. Because of this, many Canadians, their communities, and their regions view themselves as victims, to a greater degree than groups in other Western democracies do. Our federal government has shown a greater willingness to apologize for historical wrongs than other Western countries. Canada also outperforms other nations in helping victims make the transition to full participants in the country’s political and economic life. Donald Savoie maintains that Canada continues to thrive despite the many shortcomings in its national political institutions and the tendency of Canadians to see themselves as victims, and that our history and these shortcomings have taught us the art of compromise. Canada’s constitution and its political institutions amplify rather than attenuate victimization; however, they have also enabled Canadians to manage the issue better than other countries. Canadians also recognize that the alternative to Canada is worse, and this more than anything else continues to strengthen national unity. Drawing on his extensive experience in academe and as an advisor to governments, Savoie provides new insights into how Canada works for Canadians.
Donald J. Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance (Tier 1) at the Université de Moncton and is the author of several books.
Product Details ISBN: 9780228017622
ISBN-10: 0228017629
Publisher: McGill-Queen's University Press
Publication Date: May 15th, 2023
Pages: 344
Language: English
“This is a slim book of some 250 pages, Geoffrey Stevens helped ensure its completion but never overshadows her voice. What comes through loud and clear … is a passion for life and a dedication to public service. [MacDonald] had a wide circle of loyal friends, including many from the foreign service, and seemingly endless reserves of energy. And she was very much a woman ahead of her time.” Bulletin of the Canadian Foreign Service Alumni Forum

“Savoie [has the] ability to contextualize very dense subject matter into compelling reading.” CBC

“Donald Savoie [is] the éminence grise of Canadian public administration.” The National Post

“One of the country’s most respected scholars.” The Hill Times