Media coverage would lead us to believe so, but Francis disagrees. Today, the balance has shifted: only half the families cited 20 years ago and only one of the five conglomerates remain major players. The old boys' network of risk-averse investors has been replaced by daring Canadian innovators, many of them self-made.
Who Owns Canada Now demonstrates that Canada is currently led by business moguls who offer innovative policies and a new vision for the country. Through incisive analysis and exclusive interviews, Francis reveals our country's most powerful players in the most important business topic of the year.
©2008 Diane Francis; (P)2008 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.
"This book should instead be titled 'What businesses a bunch of wealthy Canadians owned as of 2007'"
To my thinking, this is not the same thing as Who Owns Canada Now since the author herself spends a great deal of time writing about the good and bad of allowing non Canadians to own Canadian resources, and devotes most of the book to telling the reader that most of the Canadians she writes about own vast amounts of foriegn based businesses.
A book that could properly support the title Who Owns Canada Now would instead have told me things like how much of Canada's land and businesses are owned by the crown, by provincial governments, and by private citizens. I have finished the book and I have learned none of this.
Also, the reader reads to fast espcially in the first of the book like he is in a race. Also, the author is female writing in the first person but the reader is male and that bothers me that he is always saying 'I' when it does not fit my mental image of the author.
I bought this tilte for its rare subject matter. It doesn't disappoint...it's saturated full of useful info on Canadian companies, personalities, and historical developments, all divided by industry sectors. The only small quibbles I had with the whole production was the two or three repetitions. I thought my mp3 player may have skipped but nope, the same ideas (almost verbatim) were repeated a few times. And I felt that Francis -- although she was objective and fair for the most part -- was here-and-there a bit too much of a booster of some of the companies she covered and didn't get into the juicy scandals (Bre-X, Nortel, Livent, et cetera).
PS: Please ignore the story and performance ratings...I'm against forcing people to fill those out.
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