12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think

12 Canadians Changing the Way We Think
In response to a recent list of 100 top global thinkers that appeared in Foreign Policy magazine—none of whom were Canadian—the Toronto Star‘s Olivia Ward published a list of twelve influential Canadians who “shone lights into our 21st-century murk of doubt, confusion, [and] disillusionment.” The list sparked some controversy by including infamous Republican and G.W. Bush speechwriter David Frum alongside the likes of leftist reformers such as Naomi Klein and Henry Giroux. One commentator noted the paucity of women who made the list (where is Samantha Nutt?) and another inquired, “What…no Bridgette DePape? (the young Senate page who rose to fame by holding a sign inscribed “Stop Harper!” during last June’s throne speech). While the article pointedly describes the list as “modest” and one eminent list member humbly rejects the title of “intellectual,” doesn’t the need for such a list in the first place demand that we pose the more pressing question:  Where are the Canadian public intellectuals?

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