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John Ralston Saul

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The author and thinker John Ralston Saul discusses his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada (Viking, 2008) with Joseph Planta.


A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada by John Ralston Saul. (Viking, 2008)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: A Fair Country


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line. This is THECOMMENTARY.CA.

In his new book, A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada, the author and essayist John Ralston Saul expounds on three radical truths about Canada. That first, we are a Métis civilisation. Secondly, Peace, Order and Good Government has always been an interloper in Canada. And thirdly, the elite doesn’t identify with Canada, thus they don’t wish to govern the country. We’ll try our best in the time we have with Mr. Saul to discuss these three truths and more. John Ralston Saul’s previous books, Voltaire’s Bastards, The Unconscious Civilization, On Equilibrium, and Reflections of a Siamese Twin, were prize winners and remain oft-discussed. He is considered one of the leading thinkers on political and economic thought, not just here but abroad. Time has declared him a ‘prophet.’ He is also the General Editor of the Penguin Extraordinary Canadians project. It is an ambitious and already stimulating series of books on important Canadian figures. This book though, A Fair Country, is published by Viking and retails for $34.00. His website is www.johnralstonsaul.com. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, John Ralston Saul; Good morning, Mr. Saul.


Weblinks:

John Ralston Saul website: http://www.johnralstonsaul.com

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