The Big Shift

The Big Shift

The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future

Book - 2013
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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 The Laurentian Consensus, a name John Ibbitson coined for the dusty liberal elite, has been replaced by a new, powerful coalition based in the West and supported by immigrant voters in Ontario.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 winnersin politics, in business, in lifewill figure out where the people are and go there too.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2013
Description: 294 p. ; 24 cm
ISBN: 9781443416450
Branch Call Number: 320.971 Bri
Additional Contributors: Ibbitson, John


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Dec 05, 2016

December 2016
This was an interesting read - to see how the "talking heads" of the Ottawa Bubble tried to predict the future political landscape of the country and got a lot of it wrong. For instance they had dismissed the resurgence of the Liberal Party in favor of continued support for the NDP and the possibility of a merger of the two parties. Alberta hadn't yet booted the long times governing PCs out in favor of the NDP - there was no indication that Albertan's were tired of the PCs and would toss them out with a NDP landslide victory. The poles had it all wrong!
With the Liberals in power the west is now back to being the hinterland. By no means did I ever support the CPC under Steven Harper but I do give him credit for shifting the countries focus to the west.

Jan 04, 2014

A book that every "AWARE" Canadian should read. SEE posted video.

Nov 08, 2013

Opinionated and provocative (dare I say, smartalecy) as usual, Ibbitson proposes that Canada's political center of gravity is moving from Atlantic to Pacific and that, for the most part, our political views are becoming more conservative. Bricker provides the numbers. It's well worth reading, as long as you don't swallow the thesis whole but instead think about how the changes he describes will affect you.

Nov 06, 2013

An interesting look at the inevitable shift in power and wealth from Ontario and Quebec to the WestS ( as the authors call it ). This is a very timely piece by the authors, part of the so called Laurentian Consensus that has ruled Canada for most of it's life. It's good to see that others can see the writing on the wall.Definitely recommended for anyone who follows Canadian politics.

Jun 07, 2013

It's getting a higher score than it deserves because I'm a political junkie that loves reading about topics like the one covered in this book. The big mistake in the book so far was a mistake I made as well (talking about the BC NDP revival under Adrian Dix).

Back to the book, I sure hope the message is wrong but I think the authors have the facts/perspectives to back them up. I make not like the message but unless we learn the lessons, it may well be a long time until "THE NEXT BIG SHIFT".......

Mar 15, 2013

Timely, insightful commentary on the shift in Cdn politics since 2011.

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