HAT Book Group: Sunday March 6, 11:30am, OISE:

HAT Book discussion group
DATE: Sunday, March 6th, at OISE, 252 Bloor Street W, from 11:00 am to 12:30pm.
BOOK: Last 2 parts of A fair country: telling truths about Canada by John Ralston Saul, 2008.

In this startlingly original vision of Canada, thinker John Ralston Saul unveils 3 founding myths. Saul argues that the famous "peace, order, and good government" that supposedly defines Canada is a distortion of the country's true nature. Every single document before the BNA Act, he points out, used the phrase "peace, welfare, and good government," demonstrating that the well-being of its citizenry was paramount. He also argues that Canada is a Metis nation, heavily influenced and shaped by aboriginal ideas: egalitarianism, a proper balance between individual and group, and a penchant for negotiation over violence are all aboriginal values that Canada absorbed. Another obstacle to progress, Saul argues, is that Canada has an increasingly ineffective elite, a colonial non-intellectual business elite that doesn't believe in Canada. It is critical that we recognize these aspects of the country in order to rethink its future.

Please bring your choices for our next book (possibly a work of fiction) to this meeting