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It’s that time of the month again


 

The new LRC is out, of course!

Run don’t walk to your nearest newsstand. Can you really afford to be the person at BlogCentral who hasn’t read Paul Wells’ review of John English’s much-palavered new Trudeau bio? Oh, you want timeliness? Then check out David Dunne’s review of The Age of Persuasion, the O’Reilly/Tennant book that launched on Tuesday. It’s smarts you are looking for? Then dig in to Daniel Weinstock’s review of the two volumes of James Tully’s collected essays, Public Philosophy in a New Key.

Read those three and you’ve already got your $6.50 worth, and we haven’t even looked at Kate Taylor’s review of Sarah Jennings’ history of the National Arts Centre, Janice G. Stein’s essay on animal spirits in the global economy, or the always fun letters.

 

 

 


 
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It’s that time of the month again

  1. Wells I am hoping our obsession with Trudeau will end once baby boomers die off. Otherwise, if the trend continues, Trudeau will become our G Washington. Which I really hope doesn't happen.

  2. John A. MacDonald will always be our Washington. What people are trying to do is make Trudeau our Lincoln, which is even more revolting.

    • Why do you think Lincoln? I know Sir John A is our Washington but there seems to be this attempt to make it seem like Canada was actually founded sometime around 1967. Anything that occurred before then has been expunged from official record and PET is the father of 'modern' Canada.

      • The argument that Canadian history prior to Trudea has been "expunged" "forgotten" "erased" is so commonly put forward by people, and yet I never see it accompanied by ANY type of reasonable proof. I can point you to dozens of source, books, government publications and curriculum material that all easily refute this baseless assertion.

        • – In 1997, 36% of Canadians knew that 1867 was the year of confederation. Just 26% of Canadians in 2007 answered this question correctly

          – In 1997, 54% of Canadians knew that John A Macdonald was the first Canadian Prime Minister, compared to 46% who in 2007 knew this. Ipsos-Reid/Dominion Institute Nov 9 '07

          Neither of those two facts give me confidence that people are learning and remembering history pre-Trudeau.

          • Well, one can find similar statistics about American's knowledge of history in the United States:
            http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/index.html

            Second, your stats hardly indicate that people are replacing their knowledge of pre-Trudeau history with post-Trudeau history, only that they aren't very knowledgeable.

            Third, it hardly makes the argument that there is some kind of campaign to "expunge" pre-Trudeau history, again only that many people are unable to identify two important facts.

    • Our first Prime Minister's name is properly spelt John A. Macdonald.

      Further, Macdonald only equates to Washington in that he was the first Prime Minister after Confederation. However, in most ways Macdonald is not to Canada as Washington is to the United States. To really equate Macdonald with Washington would require all kinds of other arguments, such as that Confederation was as formative an event in the history of Canada as the American Revolution was in America – which is very much not the case.

      • Exactly. Besides being the first prime minister/president, Macdonald/Washington are very much not alike.

  3. I don't see the LRC at my local magazine store – although I might have not looked hard enough. IIRC, they once sold them; maybe they stopped selling them :(. Although the Wells essay is up on the LRC website, which I did read.

    Like other LRC essays I read, it's quite good. Having finished reading Micheal Bliss's Right Honourable Men, the portrait painted in the chapter on Trudeau comes close to the one Wells reads between the lines in the English biography: "one that would depict him as flighty, clueless on the economy, racked by domestic unhappiness and too easily romanced by fancy theories that did not work in real life".

  4. "Whose revising history now? "

    You are. I have not edited the comment since I first posted it.

    I like you how you label my opinion an assertion, which it was, but your opinion is somehow fact.

    I know that many people think 1968 as Year 0 because I live in Canada, was born and raised here in fact, and know people. It is not difficult to find people talking about Canadian values being exactly the same as liberal values. Health care and peace keeping are Canadian 'values' now even though they are rather ephemeral and have not been around long in big scheme of things. People born since 1970 have not experienced free speech or property rights since Trudeau and the boomers decided property rights were bourgeois and policing people's thoughts was a good idea. And the schools go along with this rubbish as does academia.

    Canada was transformed when Trudeau was elected and to deny that reality is naive, to be generous.

  5. Did you read Wells' review?

    Here are some excerpts:

    "There is a great big book to be written about Borden, just as there is more to be said about Louis St. Laurent and, still, about Mackenzie King and Laurier. For that matter, we could stand a big, thoughtful political history of Canada since, say, 1988: if that year's second great reciprocity election was about Canada coming out of its shell to assume a global, or at least continental, destiny, then surely it is not too soon to ask how that is going.

    But we're not going to get any of those books. Instead we're going to get another book about Pierre Trudeau, …… "

    "And after that, we are going to get another book about Trudeau, from Max and Monique Nemni, whose first volume on Trudeau stole a march on English's own first volume by revealing, a few months before he did, that Trudeau had shown fascist sympathies as a young man. A little further down the road we can look forward to another book about Trudeau (the Nemnis' third volume), along with a few Trudeau books and, if we are really lucky, maybe a Trudeau book."

    "Is it snubbing Trudeau unduly to suggest that even his shoulders are a bit slender to support the weight of all this undying adulation?…."

    http://reviewcanada.ca/reviews/2009/11/01/we-re-s