The political, media and business elites of Toronto, Ottawa and
Montreal ran this country for almost its entire history. But in the
last few years, they have lost their power, and most of them still
do not realize it''s gone. The Laurentian Consensus, a name John
Ibbitson coined for the dusty liberal elite, has been replaced by a
new, powerful coalition based in the West and supported by
immigrant voters in Ontario. So what happened?
Great global migrations have washed over Canada. Most people are
unaware that the keystone economic and political drivers of this
country are now Western Canada and the immigrants from China,
India, and other Asian countries who increasingly are turning
Ontario into a Pacific-oriented province. Those in politics and
business have greatly underestimated how conservative these
newcomers are, and how conservative they are making our country.
Canada, with an ever-evolving and growing economy and a constantly
changing demographic base, has become divorced from the traditions
of its past and is moving in an entirely new direction.
In The Big Shift, John Ibbitson and Darrell Bricker
argue that one of the world''s most consensual countries is
polarizing, with the west versus the east, suburban versus urban,
immigrants versus old school, coffee drinkers versus consumers of
energy drinks. The winners-in politics, in business, in life-will
figure out where the people are and go there too.