Written at the height of the OPEC oil crisis of the 1970s, Canada's Energy Crisis brings into focus issues that remain relevant to Canada's national and international politics today.
Framing the debate with a discussion of the United States' oil strategy as it relates to that country's national security, Laxer analyzes Canada's energy requirements, the state of its largely foreign-owned oil industry, the emergence of a continental energy policy and its implications for Federal-Provincial relations. Concluding with a discussion of the possibilities for development of Western oil sands projects and Northern oil pipelines, Laxer suggests an alternative energy and industrial strategy for Canada, one that counters the continentalist orthodoxy.
Canada's Energy Crisis considers questions of economic development and national independence that remain relevant today.
About the author
James Laxer, a professor of political science at York University in Toronto, has a wealth of experience analyzing American society. His best-selling book, Stalking the Elephant: My Discovery of America was described by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Boston Globe David Shribman as "a book by a Canadian that can change the United States." The book was by published by the New Press in New York under the title Discovering America: Travels in the Land of Guns, God and Corporate Gurus. One of Canada’s leading political thinkers, Laxer is frequently consulted for commentary of current national and global issues by the media. He lives in Toronto.
Other titles by James Laxer
Red Diaper Baby
A Boyhood in the Age of McCarthyism
Staking Claims to a Continent
John A. Macdonald, Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and the Making of North America
Tecumseh and Brock
The War of 1812
Travels Through the Golden State
A California Diary
A House Divided
Watching America's Descent into Civil Conflict
Beyond the Bubble
Imagining a New Canadian Economy
A Groundwork Guide
A Groundwork Guide
Mission of Folly
Canada and Afghanistan