Canadians have relatively few binding national myths, but one of the most pervasive and enduring is the conviction that the country is doomed. In 1965 George Grant passionately defended Canadian identity by asking fundamental questions about the meaning and future of Canada’s political existence. In Lament for a Nation he argued that Canada – immense and underpopulated, defined in part by the border, history, and culture it shares with the United States, and torn by conflicting loyalties to Britain, Quebec, and America – had ceased to exist as a sovereign state. Lament for a Nation became the seminal work in Canadian political thought and Grant became known as the father of Canadian nationalism.
This edition includes a major introduction by Andrew Potter that explores Grant’s arguments in the context of changes in ethnic diversity, free trade, globalization, post-modernism, and 9/11. Potter discusses the shifting uses of the terms “liberal” and “conservative” and closes with a look at the current state of Canadian nationalism.
About the authors
George Grant (1918-88) has been acknowledged as Canada's leading political philosopher. He taught religion and philosophy at McMaster University and Dalhousie University. His books include Philosophy in the Mass Age, Lament for a Nation, English-Speaking Justice, Technology and Justice and Technology and Empire.
Andrew Potter is the coauthor of the international bestseller Nation of Rebels. A journalist, writer, and teacher, he lives in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter (@jandrewpotter).
Other titles by George Grant
Technology and Justice
More Lost Massey Lectures
Recovered Classics from Five Great Thinkers
Collected Works of George Grant
Volume 1 (1933-1950)
The George Grant Reader
Time as History
Philosophy in the Mass Age
Technology and Empire
The Liberal Idea of Canada
Pierre Trudeau and the Question of Canada's Survival
Other titles by Andrew Potter
Stagnation, Nostalgia, and Why Every Year is the Worst One Ever
Policy Transformation in Canada
Is the Past Prologue?
The Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada
Should We Change How We Vote?
Evaluating Canada's Electoral System
The Authenticity Hoax
How We Get Lost Finding Ourselves
Why The Culture Can't Be Jammed
Nation of Rebels
Why Counterculture Became Consumer Culture