What Canadians Believe, but Shouldn't, About Their Economy


190 pages
Contains Illustrations, Bibliography
ISBN 0-201-60168-0
DDC 330.971'0647





Reviewed by David Robinson

David Robinson is an economics professor and dean of the Faculty of
Social Sciences at Laurentian University.


Everyone knows the GST is a bad tax, right? Wrong. Any competent
economist can explain why it is a good tax. Everyone knows, too, that we
are running out of nonrenewable resources, and that immigrants steal
jobs from native Canadians. Wrong again! Luciani carefully debunks myth
after myth in concise, fact-filled chapters.

Who needs this book? Arguers, debaters, and students whose professors
still think economics courses should teach students to debate public
issues. The book’s main weakness is that it doesn’t do justice to
opposing views.

Not all the myths are really myths; some are more like straw goblins.
Who really believes that “the ‘roaring eighties’ were good
economic years,” or that “‘no-growth’ will save the
environment”? Even so, attacking these myths is good for the soul, and
I recommend the book.


Luciani, Patrick., “What Canadians Believe, but Shouldn't, About Their Economy,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed May 30, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/13689.