What happens when the world changes in ways that make Canada's physical capital, natural resources, and geography - once the ultimate competitive advantages - less important than knowledge, information, technological know-how, and human capital? What happens to Canadians? In A State of Minds Thomas Courchene examines the political structures that link local, provincial, and federal governments and challenges many longstanding beliefs about how society should be organized and financed. While focusing on Canadian competitiveness in a global economy, Courchene shows us how an open federal state like Canada can achieve both economic prosperity and social justice. Always provocative, Courchene blends compelling analysis and reasoned insight with a prescription for change: To stay ahead of the competitive curve and protect the Canadian way of life, Canada must become a "state of minds."
Acknowledgments Introduction: The Ayes of Texas I. Texas Lucas, Texas, Lucas, Texas; Owens Country; White Like Me; Cotton Tale; Catcher in the Raw II. Culture Master Class; Fallen Heroes; The Pits; Accentuate the Negative; Giant; The Write Brothers; Expatriate Act; Nation State; All the Pretty Corpses; Dear Cormac III. Discontents Wayne's World; Picture Perfect; Donnie Does Dallas; Brokeback Mountain in My Rearview Mirror Bibliography; Credits