The Truth About Canada
by Mel Hurtzig
Renowned as a passionate Canadian, best-selling author Mel Hurtig has combed through world statistics to see how Canada really measures up – and the results are astonishing, and often shocking.
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.
Mel Hurtig has managed to identify and chronicle the central political narrative of Canada's last quarter-century - how a succession of business-oriented elites have, with the assistance of an increasingly pliant press and powerful corporate interests, eroded Canada's Canada's social safety net and threatened its already tenuous independence in economic and foreign affairs.
Quill and Quire advance review, April, 2008: This statistics-based book ranges across all areas of our lives – incuding 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.