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Days of reckoning : young Canadians discover how decisions by the older generation have jeopardized the country's future /
edited by John Wood.
imprint
Toronto : Breakout Educational Network in association with Dundurn Press, c2003.
description
233 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1550024183 (pbk.) :
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Book
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imprint
Toronto : Breakout Educational Network in association with Dundurn Press, c2003.
isbn
1550024183 (pbk.) :
general note
One of the 16 vols., and 18 hours of video which make up the Underground royal commission report.
catalogue key
4834182
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
John Wood is a prolific writer/director who has directed productions across Canada, the United States, England and Australia. He was an artistic director at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and director of many Stratford Festival productions. His new play, Significant Experience, is also in development as a feature film
Summaries
Main Description
In the mid-1990s, a team of young researchers, fresh out of university, embarked on a cross-country journey that would profoundly alter their understanding of Canada and Canadian government. The focus of their investigation was the massive national debt, which at the time had ballooned to $580 million. How, they wondered, had a country that was once so prosperous and full of promise managed to accrue such a crippling financial burden? The researchers travelled from province to province in search of answers. Along the way they spoke to a diverse cross-section of Canadians, from politicians and bureaucrats, to academics and policy experts, to cattle ranchers, farmers and small-business owners. Everywhere the researchers went they found evidence of government policies and programs that were plagued by chronic mismanagement, overspending, unaccountable practices and a lack of long-term vision. Gradually they began to realise that the national debt is just one of many crises facing the nation today. Moreover, it is their generation, the young people of Canada, who will have to pay the price for the mistakes made by those who came before them.
Unpaid Annotation
In the mid-1990s, a team of recent university graduates set out on a cross-Canada journey to investigate why their generation has been handed a $580 billion invoice in the form of the national debt. As they chronicle the stories of more than two hundred people with such diverse backgrounds as politicians to bureaucrats, economists to cattle ranchers, and foresters to business people, they paint a comprehensive picture of the governmental spending practices and political attitudes that have shaped Canada's recent past. As their questioning sharpens they begin to realize the national debt is a symptom of a much, deeper ailment facing the nation.
Main Description
In the mid-1990s, a team of young researchers, fresh out of university, embarked on a cross-country journey that would profoundly alter their understanding of Canada and Canadian government. The focus of their investigation was the massive national debt, which at the time had ballooned to $580 million. How, they wondered, had a country that was once so prosperous and full of promise managed to accrue such a crippling financial burden?The researchers travelled from province to province in search of answers. Along the way they spoke to a diverse cross-section of Canadians, from politicians and bureaucrats, to academics and policy experts, to cattle ranchers, farmers and small-business owners. Everywhere the researchers went they found evidence of government policies and programs that were plagued by chronic mis-management, overspending, unaccountable practices and a lack of long-term vision. Gradually they began to realize that the national debt is just one of many crises facing the nation today. Moreover, it is their generation, the young people of Canada, who will have to pay the price for the mistakes made by those who came before them.
Main Description
In the mid-1990s, a team of young researchers, fresh out of university, embarked on a cross-country journey that would profoundly alter their understanding of Canada and Canadian government. The focus of their investigation was the massive national debt, which at the time had ballooned to $580 million. How, they wondered, had a country that was once so prosperous and full of promise managed to accrue such a crippling financial burden? The researchers travelled from province to province in search of answers. Along the way they spoke to a diverse cross-section of Canadians, from politicians and bureaucrats, to academics and policy experts, to cattle ranchers, farmers and small-business owners. Everywhere the researchers went they found evidence of government policies and programs that were plagued by chronic mis-management, overspending, unaccountable practices and a lack of long-term vision. Gradually they began to realize that the national debt is just one of many crises facing the nation today. Moreover, it is their generation, the young people of Canada, who will have to pay the price for the mistakes made by those who came before them.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. 9
People Who Spoke to Usp. 12
Introductionp. 21
Getting Here from There
Debt, Depression and Warp. 25
Ottawa Risingp. 30
The War Between the Whiz Kids and the Bean Countersp. 35
Good Times and Great Expectationsp. 41
Sherpas and Hired Gunsp. 45
Grabbing with Both Hands
R.I.P. Sydney Steelp. 53
Bailoutp. 61
The Monopoly Game: Ontario Hydrop. 66
The Subsidy Syndrome
Expanding the Oil Patchp. 79
The Farmer at the Wellp. 87
All "a Board"p. 93
Cowboy-Country Attitudesp. 101
Tipping the Scalesp. 106
Fishing for Dollarsp. 111
The Politics of the Dolep. 122
The Regional Development Sweepstakesp. 127
Dependency: Escaping from the Cargo Cultp. 135
The Compassionate "I"p. 142
Counting the Beans
Hidden Debtp. 151
Debt Detectivesp. 162
Beating the Systemp. 171
Unbecoming Conductp. 181
Accounts, Accounting and Accountabilityp. 187
The Folks in the House on the Hillp. 194
Where Do We Go from Here?
Class Actionp. 203
Indexp. 226
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