Chantal Kreviazuk on Canada's part to play in the world
Singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk has been ardently defending The Right to be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier during show week. One of her arguments as to why the book should win Canada Reads is that she believes The Right to Be Cold explores a critical global issue from a distinctly Canadian perspective.
"What [Sheila] did was she reminded me who I was as a Canadian. She let me know, 'Okay, you Canadian people, you have a very specific trait … to the soul of this world. And what can it be right now?' And I thought, 'Wow, that's brilliant — that you reflected that at me right now that I am reading this book,'" Kreviazuk said.
"And you remind me in this book that Canada is 43 per cent Arctic, has the most Arctic, and we have a responsibility to do something. How is the Arctic polluted, when the Arctic itself doesn't emit any pollution? What's up with that?"