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Duff Conacher It is good that Mel Watkins notes at the end of the review that "Saul is conscious of this country's limitations and of the need for democracy to keep ... View > 02-Mar-11
Larry Katz I always look forward to hearing what Mel has to say and was happy to see he continues to find time to write and contribute to our thinking about Canada. ... View > 02-Mar-11


From: Duff Conacher - Posted: 02-Mar-11 - 15:49

It is good that Mel Watkins notes at the end of the review that "Saul is conscious of this country's limitations and of the need for democracy to keep evolving" and that "Our elites, as noted, remain what Saul calls "the castrati", with a slight interest in any democracy with depth."

It should not be underestimated how much Canada's elites resist many changes needed to have actually democratic, responsible and accountable governments in Canada.

See the list of 100 loopholes and flaws that exist in the federal government's democratic process and accountability system (and provincial, territorial and municipal governments have a similar list of 100 loopholes in their systems) at: http://www.dwatch.ca/camp/SummaryOfLoopholes.html

See details about how to help close these loopholes at: http://www.CoffeeParty.ca

Hope this helps, Duff Conacher, Coordinator of Democracy Watch http://www.goodgovernment.ca Organizer of the CoffeeParty.ca movement http://www.CoffeeParty.ca

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From: Larry Katz - Posted: 02-Mar-11 - 21:52

I always look forward to hearing what Mel has to say and was happy to see he continues to find time to write and contribute to our thinking about Canada. While I haven't read John Ralston Saul's latest book, I did read A Fair Country and found what Saul had to say refreshing and thought-provoking.

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