Gail Asper recommends one novel that could change Canada


Since Canada Reads is about finding novels to inspire change, we thought we'd turn to people actually making positive change in the world to share their book recommendations with us! 

Today we turn to Gail Asper, president of the CanWest Global Foundation, managing director and secretary of the Asper Foundation and the national campaign chair for The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a charitable organization that engages people with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which will be the largest learning centre in the world dedicated to human rights.

Gail chose The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. Here's why:


"It speaks to the importance of never taking our human rights for granted and remaining vigilant in the preservation and enhancement of rights here in Canada and around the world. The book also promotes the notion of political engagement and recognizing that the rights we enjoy today are hard fought for, precious and can be eroded if we are complacent. We don't want to be in the position 50 years from now of being a part of society where people wonder how we could have possibly allowed women to have an education and exercise the right to vote and be equal before the law."

The Handmaid's Tale is a fantastic and important book -- but it's already been on Canada Reads. Kim Campbell championed it in the very first edition of the show, back in 2002. 

Which means, it's up to you, Canada! What book do you think has the power to inspire change in Canada? Submit your recommendation now!

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