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Author Alexander, Michael, 1956-

Title Competing against America : why Canada has fallen behind in the race for talent and wealth (and what to do about it) / Michael Alexander.

Imprint Mississauga, Ont. : Wiley & Sons Canada, ©2005.


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 University of Saint Joseph: Pope Pius XII Library - Standard Shelving Location  330.971 A377C    Check Shelf
Description 276 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 249-263) and index.
Summary "In this book, Michael Alexander has a message for all Canadians: our standard of living is in free fall, and has been for almost 25 years. Currently, Canada's standard of living is 20 percent lower than America's. The author asks why we have failed to achieve our economic potential, and many will find the reasons hard to accept. Some of our most cherished beliefs and values have turned out to be misguided and harmful to our well-being." "When offering solutions, the author turns to the United States, not to advocate the adoption of American ideas and policies as a cure-all, but to pinpoint best practices that have made America the world's foremost economic power. He argues that by combining these practices with our own overdue reforms, we can begin to challenge the thinking that has held us back, and fulfill the promise of the just society." "Competing Against America is a wake-up call for Canada. It's a guide to a more prosperous future. But, as the author stresses, we can get there only if we get our house in order and sweep away bad ideas and regressive policies."--Jacket.
Contents Myth # 1. Canada is "the best place to live" -- Myth # 2. Canada is a productive & prosperous country -- Myth # 3. Multiculturalism promotes peace and prosperity -- Myth # 4. Employment equity promotes equal opportunity -- Myth # 5. Pay equity promotes equal pay -- Myth # 6. Private property is not a fundamental right -- Myth # 7. Canadians have a social democratic bias -- Myth # 8. Doing is more important than thinking -- Myth # 9. A compassionate society is a just society -- Myth # 10. The success of the individual depends on the success of the group.
Subject Canada -- Economic conditions -- 1971-1991.
Cost and standard of living -- Canada.
Competition -- Canada.
Canada -- Economic conditions -- 1945-
Competition. (OCoLC)fst00871464
Cost and standard of living. (OCoLC)fst00880673
Economic history. (OCoLC)fst00901974
Canada. (OCoLC)fst01204310
Canada -- Economic conditions -- 1971-1991. (CaOONL)cash10912
Chronological Term 1971-1991
Other Form: Online version: Alexander, Michael, 1956- Competing against America. Mississauga, Ont. : Wiley & Sons Canada, ©2005 (OCoLC)620883282
ISBN 0470835125
Standard No. 9780470835128
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