A compelling call to arms to reinvigorate our vision of Canada's place in the world, from one of the best of our new generation of public intellectuals.
Why do Canadians think so small? "We're a serious country. But our clout-we don't use it," says Michael Byers, who argues it is time for a clear-eyed appreciation of our strengths and weaknesses, of all we have and all we could be. Instead of emulating our increasingly isolated neighbour, Byers says we should be advancing the Canadian model, an idealistic, fiscally prudent, socially progressive vision of foreign policy that has never looked so good.
Playing against George Grant's seminal Lament for a Nation, Intent for a Nation is his informed and opinionated overview of where Canada stands in the world and what aggressive and progressive social, environmental, and governmental policies are needed to carry the country forward in an ever more competitive and volatile world.
"If you believe that Canada's foreign policy has gone adrift in recent years, Intent for a Nation will provide you with many examples of what has gone wrong...there is a pressing need for a new coherent and convincing foreign policy vision for Canada. Michael Byers' work will help contribute to that."