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. 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.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443416450
Characteristics: 294 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ibbitson, John - Author


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Dec 03, 2018

Published in 2013 during a Harper majority government and prior to the Alberta recession, this analysis seems dated and stale. While the predicted seismic change in voter attitudes might indeed occur in the long term, there is limited evidence today with a Liberal majority and Liberal identity politics. This book needs to be updated and rethought.

May 27, 2018

Reading this some 5 years after it was authored, I have to think Ibbotson and Bricker wish just a bit that they had delayed the final edit another year or so. From a pretty detailed and astute analysis of the migration patterns within Canada and how overall demographic studies have see "the big shift", they make a huge leap into detailing on somewhat less grounded research how this has led to a political turn against the invented concepts of "the Laurentian consensus" and the "Ottawa River Corridor". This is all in aid of alerting us to a more or less permanent state of social conservatism albeit they throw in enough conditions and possibilities for some other outcomes to avoid criticism that their conclusions are way off base - in hindsight. Bricker- stick to demographic analysis and interpretation, Obbotson - stick to your political punditry, and for heaven's sake, do not try to blend those stances if the result is what I read here.

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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