A Matter of Survival: Canada In The 21st Century
NON FICTION BOOK REVIEW
Title: A Matter of Survival: Canada In The 21st Century;
by Diane Francis; Key Porter Books; Paperback, 224 pages;
Reviewer: A. T. Connellan, "Diane Francis has set out an
eminently workable plan for our survival and prosperity. She
did it all in a tight, terse, readable book. You'll like it."
Francis lays down free trade line
With the passing of NAFTA, The United States has kicked
Canada into the global economy of the millenium. It matters
little whether a Canadian Prime Minister enacts the agreement
on our behalf, freed trade is to become the order of the day
for all of us.
In recent months this country's finest financial minds have
communicated pointedly entertaining forecasts of our economic
future. Nuala "Shifting Gears" Beck, Dian "No Small Change"
Cohen, Ann "Money Has No Country" Shortell, all were reviewed
on these pages. Now it is time for the inimitable Diane Francis'
Her definition that, " A Canadian is someone who loves the
country's health care system but buys cheaper goods in the
United States whenever possible and vacations or retires in
Florida," will provoke a smile followed by the sober realization
that we are a nation of inveterate freeloaders, who now must
become energetic free traders.
The book "... my idiosyncratic analysis of the news noise
around us-...". is well supported by her credentials as The
Financial Post editor, award winning author, commentator and
outspoken advocate of excellence.
This carefully constructed global perspective is an opportunity
for you and I to push beyond the negative nay-sayings of
demagogues, like union bigwig Bob White or the American
loose cannon Ross Perot, and intellectually assay our role for
the 21st century.
There are no warm wet feelings here, just the cold hard facts
that drive the necessity for a plan of survival. The author stacks
our system against those of The Triad; The Americas, Europe,
and The Far East and identifies the shortfall. Even when
compared to The Outcasts; Russia, The Middle East and
Africa, we fail to shine.
This isn't bedtime reading. These moments of truth are set out
in transnational terms in a world where intercorporate/international
currency transfers occur in nano-seconds, where borders are
invisible to satellite reflected communication systems, and by
people who don't give a damn whether you go to bed hungry or not.
Diane Francis has set out an eminently workable plan for our
survival and prosperity. She has identified the essential elements,
the method to strengthen them, the formula for combining them,
along with the directions to execute, and she did it all in a tight,
terse, readable book. You'll like it.
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