Morton Weinfeld


Who speaks for Canada
McClelland & Stewart CAN/99


Words That Shape A Country

Here, in one handsome illustrated volume, is a treasury of memorable texts that have become part of the Canadian heritage. Who Speaks for Canada? is a compelling testament to the many ways of being Canadian, and to the power of words to appease or provoke, to inspire or delight.

The more than 130 texts - ranging from the seventeenth century to the present, and chosen both for their readability and their significance - evoke Canada past and present in all its diversity. Selections range from William Lyon Mackenzie's impassioned call to fellow "brave Canadians" to join him in rebellion, to Wade Hemsworth's surrender to the forces of nature in "The Blackfly Song"; and from Alexander Muir's rousing invocation of General James Wolfe in his anthem "The Maple Leaf Forever," to Rene Levesque's argument for an independent Quebec.

This is a book that deserves a place in every Canadian home.