Saskatchewan is poised to become the richest province in the richest country on earth, but what of it? Is being rich really enough? In this concise and well-researched book published in collaboration with Canada's Frontier Centre for Public Policy, David Breen Seymour seeks out the most vibrant and successful societies that have ever existed: Ancient Athens, the Islamic Golden Age, and Enlightenment Scotland - times and places in history where people achieved more and in a wider range of fields than anywhere else, ever. He then modernizes the lessons they offer and applies them to Saskatchewan's choices from education and health care to Aboriginal policy and the shape of cities. Seymour concludes that money isn't enough, but that Saskatchewan's prosperity provides the breathing space required to herd some sacred political cows on the way to becoming one of history's truly Golden Societies.
A keen observer of Saskatchewan life, David Seymour's analysis of our place in the world is thought-provoking and stimulating. A great read, his public policy prescriptions set out an exciting challenge to each of us and to the status quo.
David Seymour has shown tremendous intellectual courage in tackling head on some of Saskatchewan's political sacred cows and he does so with a purpose. In challenging the reader to catch the vision of what we can dream to be (a world-class powerhouse), he cunningly exposes the failures of public policy. This book is for all political junkies. Read it.
David understands that it is not about more money for aboriginals but new ideas to empower individuals and move things forward...
This book is exciting because it recognizes that it's time for Saskatchewan people to begin a discussion about where we can and should be in the next century, and it initiates that discussion with a perfect balance of fact and optimism. Now that David Seymour has begun what may be the grandest discussion since our province was created, it's up to all of us to become engaged. Whether or not you agree with his policy statement, I believe he has taken us all on the first step toward Saskatchewan becoming the next Golden Society. Great work!