The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy
Edmonton Book Launch with author Yves Engler
Thursday, November 1 (7:00 pm)
Telus Building Room 134
87 Avenue and 111 Street, U of A Campus
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The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper’s Foreign Policy documents the sordid story of the Canadian government’s sabotage of international environmental efforts, of a government totally committed to tar sands producers and a mining industry widely criticized for abuses. Yves Engler’s sweeping critique details Harper’s opposition to the “Arab Spring” democracy movement and his backing of repressive Middle East monarchies, as well as his support for a military coup in Honduras and indifference to the suffering of Haitians following the earthquake that devastated their country. The book also explores Canada’s extensive military campaign in Libya, opposition to social transformation in Latin America and support for the far right-wing Israeli government.
With an eye to Canada’s growing international isolation, The Ugly Canadian is a must read for those who would like to see Canada adopt a more just foreign policy.
This is a free event. Copies of The Ugly Canadian will be available for purchase.
Praise for the book
“Stephen Harpers’ government has fundamentally changed Canada’s foreign policy in a way most Canadians do not understand. The notion of the Ugly Canadian may be hard to accept but it is true and I for one am deeply grateful to Yves Engler for this important book.”
– Maude Barlow, National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians
“A damning chronicle of Stephen Harper’s international misdeeds.”
– Michael Byers, Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law, University of British Columbia
“Ugly Canadian is a well written, thoroughly researched, powerful indictment of the Harper government’s radical shift to the right in foreign policy. This book is more than a wakeup call, it is a call to arms for Canadians to take note of where we are headed on the international stage -before it is too late.”
– Scott Taylor, Editor Esprit de Corps Magazine
About Yves Engler
Dubbed “Canada’s version of Noam Chomsky” (Georgia Straight), “one of the most important voices on the Canadian Left today” (Briarpatch), “in the mould of I. F. Stone” (Globe and Mail), “part of that rare but growing group of social critics unafraid to confront Canada’s self-satisfied myths” (Quill & Quire), “ever-insightful” (rabble.ca) and a “Leftist gadfly” (Ottawa Citizen), Yves Engler’s six previous books have been praised by Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, William Blum, Rick Salutin and many others.