"We Canadians are fond of calling our nation a 'multicultural mosaic'. We pride ourselves in our pluralism -- in being a society that values peaceful coexistence, no matter how radical our cultural, political, and philosophical differences. The problem is, just as a building cannot be constructed with mismatched materials and differing architectural concepts, so, too, a society cannot hold together when it makes little effort to reconcile competing and even contradictory positions. More problematic is the fact that we cannot talk to one another about what kind of nation we want to be. When all opinions and options are equally valid, to disagree even on small points is automatically seen as intolerance. This is dangerous, for when people can't discuss their differences, disagreements usually go to the courts -- and to the streets. Life as it is being lived interpersonally and within the country's major institutions -- education, the media, government, the workplace, the family and religion -- is incisively critiqued as Reginald Bibby attempts to interpret the Canadian times, and discusses with Canadians what it is going to take for us to move on to better things" -- back cover.
Contents: Preface -- Introduction -- Our Predicament -- How We Got Into All This -- The Seeds of Transformation -- The True North Finally Free -- Success in Excess -- The Interpersonal Casualty List -- The Institutional Casualty List -- Moving On to Better Things -- The Key Players -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index.
Discussion of religion is spread throughout the text but included as a major section in chapter 7 "The Institutional Casuality List" and chapter 9 "The Key Players". Includes mention of individual denominations and persons including Anglican Archbishop Lewis Garnsworthy.