Boswell edits volume that asks: ‘Whither Canada in 2067?’
Journalism professor Randy Boswell edited a newly published collection of essays prompted by last year’s Canada 150 celebrations and envisioning what challenges the country might be confronting at Canada 200 in 2067.
Produced by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies, the collection constitutes the latest edition of the long-running publication series Canadian Issues/Thèmes Canadiens and is titled “Canada in 2067: A Nation’s Trajectory”. It includes contributions from columnist and McGill University economist William Watson, University of Toronto sociologist and Canada Research Chair Monica Boyd and Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor John Milloy, a former Liberal MPP and Ontario cabinet minister. Edited transcripts of interviews Boswell conducted with Statistics Canada chief Anil Arora and global affairs expert Irvin Studin are also included.
“We wondered what a 95-year-old former prime minister named Justin Trudeau, when reflecting in 2067 on the state of the country both he and his father once led, might say are the paramount concerns for the people of Canada,” Boswell explains in the volume’s introduction. “Would the greatest challenge be the economy or the environment, intercultural or interprovincial relations, technological or demographic change, domestic or foreign affairs, or some looming challenge we can barely glimpse today on the horizon of the future?”
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