CANADA, TODAY AND TOMORROW by William Henry Chamberlain


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No conflict here with other recent books on Canada, for this is definitely -- and almost exclusively -- concentrated on wartime Canada. There is a brief flashback to Canada's history, more to explain her relation with the mother country and the USA, and her internal racial composition, than to recount the passage of time and event. There is also a brief glimpse into a problematical future, contingent on the outcome of the war, and the interim strengthening or weakening of ties with the Empire or with North America. Between these extremes, Chamberlain gives a lucid, well documented explanation of Canada's war status -- war economy, war finance, increasing cooperation with the USA in coastal defense, military and economic links. He shows how inevitably the trade balances have changed with the foreign trade disrupted and with Canada forced to import from us more than she can export. Frozen assets, limitations on travel of Canadians over the line, excise taxes -- steps to help restore the balance -- are not enough. She must depend on us for a long term adjustment period. Chamberlain covers expertly the whole plan of Canadian war effort, man power, industrial expansion, steps to control inflation with ceiling prices, the revolutionary wage control system adjusted to cost of living, loans, taxes, the home front, foreign relations, the problem of conscription complicated by the French Canadian isolationist viewpoint, press and radio, political leaders and parties. He discusses the Labor Front and prophesies the emergence of the ""C.C.F."" as a major opposition force after the war. He traces the growth of colonization, of syndicates, of the new labor front, of the agricultural forces and widespread discontent, of the increase in cooperatives. A useful reference book, which should help for better understanding of our neighbor.

Pub Date: Oct. 9th, 1942
Publisher: Little, Brown