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The author and historian John Boyko discusses his new book Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada (Dundurn, 2017), with Joseph Planta.

Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada by John Boyko (Dundurn, 2017).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

John Boyko joins me again. The bestselling author and historian has just published a new book, Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger Canada. It’s a stimulating book that looks at Sir John A. Macdonald’s life and career, and more substantially, the legacy of Macdonald through the last 150 years. His influence is unmistakable, and we see that through the two World Wars, through to the Quebec Crisis, the patriation of the Constitution, as well as recent years how his vision has been appropriated by Justin Trudeau, or ignored and dismantled by Stephen Harper. In the book, John discusses how the federal government should retain more political power so as to build a stronger national voice, when one is needed more and more both at home and abroad. I’ll get him to tell us why, as well as how Canadian values are needed in the discourse today. And just what those Canadian values are. John Boyko is the author of six books, including his most recent three, which he was on this program with, Bennett: The Rebel Who Changed and Challenged a Nation, Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the Civil War, and Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front, which has just been nominated for a major book prize. www.johnboyko.com is the website for more. The Twitter handle is @johnwboyko. This new book is published by Dundurn, which is part of their Point of View series edited by Patrick Boyer. Please welcome back to the Planta: On the Line program, John Boyko; Mr. Boyko, good morning.