A critical look at the legacy of free trade, how corporate Canada is pushing for deeper integration while Ottawa cozies up to Washington, and why another Canada is possible.
Questions and concerns regarding the scope and depth of Canada's relationship with the United States loom larger than ever since 9/11. In Whose Canada?, contributors provide a comprehensive analysis of the legacy of free trade and examine the challenges that deepening bilateral integration - including its latest incarnation in the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (SPP) - presents for Canadian sovereignty and public policy autonomy. They focus on trade and economics, politics, public policy, social policy, labour, health care, education, local government, minority rights, military and security, foreign policy, culture, law, Quebec, environment, energy, and civil society. The authors share their scepticism regarding corporate Canada's continental agenda and Ottawa's deepening linkages with Washington. In response to the question "Whose Canada?" they forcefully argue that Canada's future must be shaped by the whole of its citizenry rather than a determined elite. To this end, they advance a practical vision for revitalizing democracy and upholding the public good.
Contributors include Sharryn Aiken (Queen's), Maude Barlow (Council of Canadians), Dorval Brunelle (UQAM), Duncan Cameron (SFU), Bruce Campbell (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, CCPA), Tony Clarke (Polaris Institute), Stephen Clarkson (Toronto), Marjorie Griffin Cohen (Simon Fraser), Kathy Corrigan (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Murray Dobbin (CCPA), Jim Grieshaber-Otto (CCPA), Andrew Jackson (Canadian Labour Congress), Marc Lee (CCPA), Benoît Lévesque (UQAM), Elizabeth May (Green Party), Garry Neil (International Network for Cultural Diversity), Larry Pratt (Alberta), David Robinson (Canadian Association for University Teachers), Mario Seccareccia (Ottawa), Steven Shrybman (Sack, Goldblatt, & Mitchell), Scott Sinclair (CCPA), Steven Staples (Ceasefire.ca), and Michelle Swenarchuk (Canadian Environmental Law Association).