BERCUSON, David J. COOPER, Barry
Title: Derailed : The Betrayal of the National Dream.
Publisher:  Key Porter Books, Toronto , 1994, ISBN:1550135732
Seller ID: 94588
BERCUSON, David J., and Barry COOPER. Derailed : The Betrayal of the National Dream. (Toronto) : Key Porter Books, (1994). First Printing. Pp (8),1-213,(3). 8vo, illustrated white card covers. “Canada was never as much a country as a comfort zone, an artificial nation made up not of one people, but many. Canadians share no single identity, either cultural, racial, religious or political. There is in effect, no such thing as a typical Canadian. There are only some twenty-six million people who have agreed, more or less, about the desirability of sticking together for reasons of security and prosperity. This practical agreement, according to David J. Bercuson and BarryCooper, was the basis of Confederation. It was a deal struck in a spirit o f pragmatism, not idealism, and it held the country together for more than a hundred years. It was in the Diefenbaker years that the wheels came off the rails. Suddenly the political rhetoric spoke of "One Canada" and the welfare state became the embodiment of the national identity. No Canadian leader has been able to change our course since then. Now burdened by a welfaresystem that the country can't afford and obsessed by a concept of unity th at has never existed, Canada may be beyond recovery. Only a massive turnaround in the way we think of ourselves combined with drastic reform of the welfare system will get Canada back on track. In this unconventional and combative analysis, two Canadian scholars with a gift for controversy redefine the debate over Canada's future.” - from the back cover. Very good. 12.50