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The Canadian Manifesto

Narrated by: Lee Goettl
Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Politics
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“The bell of opportunity tolls for us, and the world, for once, will listen. It is our turn,” writes Conrad Black in this scintillating blueprint for a bolder Canadian future.

Chipper, patient, and courteous, Canada has pursued an improbable destiny as a splendid nation of relatively good and ably self-governing people, but most would agree we have not realized our true potential.

Canada's main chance, writes Black, is now before it...and it is not in the usual realms of military or economic dominance. With the rest of the West engaged in a sterile left-right tug of war, Canada has the opportunity to lead the world to its next stage of development in the arts of government. By transforming itself into a controlled and sensible public policy laboratory, it can forge new solutions to the problems of welfare, education, health care, foreign policy, and other governmental sectors, and make an enormous contribution to the welfare of mankind. 

Canada has no excuse not to lead in this field, argues Black, who offers 19 visionary policy proposals of his own. He claims that this "is the destiny, and the vocation, Canada could have, not in the next century, but in the next five years of imaginative government.” 

©2018 Conrad Black (P)2019 Conrad Black

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"Black’s Manifesto reminds us who we were and, therefore, who we are. In doing so, he lays the groundwork for us to consider who we might yet become." (Jordan Peterson, University of Toronto, author of 12 Rules for Life)

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Well written, but horribly narrated

It's infuriating that the narrator had obviously not gone to school in Canada and heard various Canadian names pronounced, and then hadn't even bothered to take 2 minutes to Google them before plowing forward. He repeatedly hit the silent 's' in "Lévesque", pronounced "Métis" phonetically as if it was an English word spelled "Mettis", same phonetic treatment of "St. Laurent", and emphasized the wrong syllable in "Saskatchewan". This was an interesting essay, overshadowed by this horrible narration.

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wrong choice of narrator

For a book by the exquisitely articulate Conrad Black, the choice of a non-canadian narrator, evidenced by his improper pronunciation of French names and "loo tenant" for "lef tenant" was a disappointing departure from my expectations. I wish black would have read it himself.