The Big Shift: The Seismic Change In Canadian Politics, Business

Hardcover | February 26, 2013

byDarrell Bricker, John Ibbitson

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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 The Laurentian Consensus, a name John Ibbitson coined for the dusty liberal elite, has been replaced by a new, powerful coalition based in the West and supported by immigrant voters in Ontario.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.

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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 The Laurentian Consensus, a name John Ibbitson coined for the dusty liberal elite, has been replaced by a new, p...

Darrell Bricker is the CEO of Ipsos Global Public Affairs. Prior to joining Ipsos Reid, Bricker was director of public-opinion research in the office of the prime minister. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Carleton University and is the co-author (with Edward Greenspon) ofSearching for Certainty: Inside the New Canadian Minds...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443416452

ISBN - 13:9781443416450

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile read Simply put: a point of view worth considering.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's a Conservative Canada.... Bricked and Ibbitson make a compelling argument for why Canada is becoming a very small "c" conservative country. Excellent read.
Date published: 2013-03-13