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    Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future (Paperback) By (author) Ken Dryden

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    DescriptionIn this passionate, thought-provoking vision for Canada, Ken Dryden argues that we have paid a price for having the wrong sense of ourselves as a country. The old definition of Canada - genial but sometimes too self-deprecating and ambition-killing - is no longer the real story. Through recent global events such as Barack Obama's election and first year in office; the climate conference in Copenhagen; and even the 2010 Winter Olympics, Dryden explores the clash between politics and story, and the importance of a nation finding its true narrative in order to thrive. By tracing the ups and downs in contemporary Canadian politics, from the Liberal leadership race to Stephen Harper's Conservative minority governments, Michael Ignatieff's appointment as Opposition leader, and prorogation, Ken Dryden presciently identifies the obstacles facing Canada. He observes a sea change taking place among Canadians, who want something more for their country. The ambition of Canada's policies and the nature of our politics will not change, Dryden says, until we conceive of a new story for the nation. Becoming Canada""is at once a celebration of Canada and a timely, ardent rallying cry to all Canadians to build upon Canada's unique place in the world. It is certain to inspire new conversations about our Canada's identity at home and abroad. "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Becoming Canada
    Subtitle
    Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ken Dryden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 248
    Weight: 368 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780771029165
    ISBN 10: 0771029160
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27430
    BIC E4L: POL
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBC
    BIC subject category V2: HBJK
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T7.0
    BIC subject category V2: JP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 02
    Libri: I-PL
    Ingram Subject Code: PL
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET034
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CANADN
    B&T General Subject: 650
    Abridged Dewey: 320
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    LC classification: JL
    BISAC V2.8: HIS006000
    B&T Approval Code: A41203010
    DC21: 971.073
    DC22: 971.073
    BISAC V2.8: POL056000
    Publisher
    MCCLELLAND & STEWART
    Imprint name
    MCCLELLAND & STEWART
    Publication date
    30 July 2014
    Author Information
    Member of Parliament Ken Dryden was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004 and re-elected most recently in 2008. Ken is well-known for his achievements as a goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens hockey team from 1971 to 1979, during which time the team won six Stanley Cups. In 1984, he was appointed Ontario's first Youth Commissioner. He is the author of four best-selling books: The Game, Home Game, The Moved and the Shaken, and In School. Ken and his wife, Lynda, have two grown children and four grandchildren. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "This book, written with clarity and passion, poses a simple and ever radical question: what would happen if political methods were in the service of meaning, and not the other way around? What power of national resolve, what energy of purpose would be released, if only we were to define the meaning of Canada's unique place in the world? We must separate political strategy and history; we must acknowledge that meaningful action is not always tied to the money grid; we need a meaningful narrative in order to contribute meaningful action. This is what Dryden means by the phrase "becoming Canada"; and this wise and ardent book is meant to open the discussion." -- Anne Michaels "Ken Dryden's Becoming Canada is a timely, passionate, urgent, and provocative book that dares parliamentarians and citizens to re-imagine our politics and our future as a country. It launches an important debate about what Canada could and should be." -- Guy Vanderhaeghe "This book challenged me, provoked me and inspired me to ask new questions about what it means to be Canadian. There seem to be so few filters between Ken Dryden's beating heart and the words in this book. That is a rare and gorgeous thing." -- Sarah Polley "Ken Dryden is obsessed with finding the story of Canada, a narrative we can believe in and which - in his words - will make us better." "Becoming Canada is a personal and deeply committed work of national storytelling written from an exceptionally valuable point of view. Full of detail, care and passion, this is a book that speaks of who we are, and who we must aspire to become." -- Atom Egoyan "Ken Dryden and I don't agree on how new Canadians need to fit in. But we do agree on how great a country this is and how we need to know that about ourselves. And what he writes about politics is fantastic. Read this book." -- Don Cherry "Some guys, you ask them the time and they build you a watch. In Dryden's head is a big coun