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The ugly truth about Stephen Harper's foreign policy

The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy

by Yves Engler
(Fernwood Publishing co-published with Red Publishing,

For a long time now, there has been a serious weakness on the part of progressive movements in the most over-developed countries of the world. The ability to recognize that so much of the privileges we enjoy, but that governments and corporations enjoy even more so, comes from years of exploitation, subjugation and extreme levels of violence towards countries of the Global South, but too often, our history and continued practice of imperialism is either forgotten or ignored.  In The Ugly Canadian, Yves Engler sets out to provide "a small spark in lighting a fire of interest in Canadian foreign policy."


Progressive Voices

The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy

November 5, 2012
| I speak with Yves Engler, award winning author and activist, on his latest book entitled "The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy."
Length: 10:39 minutes (9.75 MB)

Yves Engler book launch and speaking tour for 'The Ugly Canadian: Stephen Harper's Foreign Policy'

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 7:00pm - Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:00pm



See here for tour details across Canada.  

Stephen Harper’s foreign policy documents the sordid story of the Canadian government’s sabotage of international environmental efforts, a government totally committed to tar sands producers and a mining industry widely criticized for abuses. Furthermore, this sweeping critique details Harper’s opposition to the “Arab Spring” democracy movement and his backing of repressive Middle East monarchies, as well as his support for a military coup in Honduras and indifference to suffering of Haitians following the earthquake that devastated their country.


Lester Pearson's Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt

May 3, 2012
| A new book by activist Yves Engler says that far from being a peacekeeper, former prime minister Lester Pearson was a dedicated cold warrior and an ardent supporter of NATO.
Length: 17:37

'The Hero has Feet of Clay': An honest assessment of Canada's Foreign Policy

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 8:00pm


Concordia Hall Bldg.
1455 de Maisonneuve West 760 (right in front of the elevator on the 7th floor)
Montreal, QC
45° 29' 50.3592" N, 73° 34' 44.5044" W

Written in the form of a submission to an imagined " Truth and Reconciliation Commission" about Canada's foreign policy during the Lester B. Pearson era, this book will change your mind about Canada's most famous statesman . Rather than an " honest broker," or " peacekeeper, " Pearson was an ardent cold warrior, who backed colonialism and apartheid in Africa, coups in Guatemala, Iran and Brazil and the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic. A beneficiary of U.S. intervention in Canadian political affairs, the Nobel Peace laureate provided important support to the U.S. during the Vietnam war and advocated sending troops to the American-led war in Korea. Pearson helped construct the post World War 11 US-empire.

The truth about Lester Pearson's peacekeeping

Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt

Lester Pearson’s Peacekeeping: The Truth May Hurt

by Yves Engler
(Fernwood Publishing,

In his new book, Yves Engler sets to demolish the near saintly status of Lester Bowles ("Mike") Pearson in the public sphere, Canadian foreign policy circles and even on the social democratic left. And in the process, he takes on the much repeated slogan that "the world needs more of Canada."

Much like Noam Chomsky who provides a forward to Lester Pearson's Peacekeeping, the author relies mostly on the excellent but largely unread scholarship plus the former PM's own statements in Parliament and in memos to successfully establish a case.


Driving for a car free future

Stop Signs: Cars and Capitalism: On the Road to Economic, Social and Ecological Decay

by Bianca Mugyenyi and Yves Engler
(Fernwood Publishing,

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Today cars are everywhere in our lives, on city streets, printed on glossy magazines pages, flickering on TV screens, referenced in pop songs and embedded in mainstream political discourse.


The world's most powerful

Power - Donald Savoie

Power: Where is it?

by Donald J. Savoie
(McGill-Queen's University Press,

Someone reading People magazine might conclude that Tom Cruise and Sandra Bullock run Hollywood. While they're certainly influential, so are the directors and producers behind the scenes as well as the financiers and studios that decide what films get made. To truly understand the movie industry, one should investigate the cultural context from which it operates and the economic principles that drive it, divorced from any individual.


Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid- A lecture by Yves Engler

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Ryerson University (Room SCC 115)
55 Gould Street (Ryerson University Student Center)
Toronto, ON M5B 1E9
43° 39' 28.6092" N, 79° 22' 44.148" W

Canada: Most Pro-Israeli Country? A lecture by Yves Engler

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm


University of Waterloo, E2 1303
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
43° 28' 19.4736" N, 80° 32' 37.9788" W

Has the Harper Government Made Canada the Most Pro-Israel Country in the World?

Author of Canada and Israel: Building Apartheid, Yves Engler to speak on Canada-Israel relations.

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