In Gardeners vs Designers¸ Brian Lee Crowley swims against the “progressive” zeitgeist that claims Canada is a nasty vile place, full of racism, homophobia and hate. Instead he proudly asks questions like, What makes Canada great? Why is Canada a rare jewel in human experience? Why are we a magnet for people from virtually every other country in the world? The answer to all these questions is that we have cultivated a society that is the envy of the world. Canada is not a problem to be fixed, but a rich inheritance to be enjoyed and cautiously incrementally adjusted to embrace new ideas and experiences.
The great political fault line of the future will separate those who believe politicians should harness experts to “fix” Canada according to principles that appeal to progressives. These are the “designers” of the book’s title. On the other hand will be the “gardeners,” those who believe that such claims to superior insight into Canada and Canadians are in fact simply thinly disguised power grabs to impose progressive prejudices on people who have other plans for how to live their best lives.