Ralph Nader, the legendary consumer advocate, activist, author and former presidential candidate, joins guest host Terry O'Reilly
to reflect on the state of consumer advocacy and citizen engagement in the U.S. and Canada.
Nader's new anthology of weekly columns, Told You So,
is a wide-ranging look at the social, environmental and political issues that define our time. In his interview on Q, Nader urges Canadians to break from the U.S. path, explains how an enlightened billionaire could blow open the political process, and argues that citizens on the left and right have more in common that they think.
Canada should break from U.S. path: Nader
Nader, who has long been an observer of Canada's politics and policy, urged Canadians to steer clear of the American way, and praised the work of left-leaning organizations like the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
"They are painting a picture of the U.S. pulling Canada down," he said, referencing specific controversies -- like the "F-35 boondoggle
" -- as well as what he sees as a larger trend away from civic culture and social safety nets.
At the same time, Nader said Canada has led the way on several issues, from establishing credit unions and hiring ombudsmen, to establishing full-time daily newspapers and children's museums.
"Even now we look to Canada in many areas and say to people in the States, 'hey, Canadians have done it -- they've done it for years."
Our interview with the ever-opinionated Nader, especially the uncut version featured here, covered lots of ground. We'd love to hear which arguments you found most compelling, and whether or not you agree with his take.