What About the Children?

October 1 st 1991

For more than 70 years, Bruce Hutchison, now editor emeritus of the Vancouver Sun, has been a keen observer of that discordant and now thoroughly confused phenomenon of the Canadian nation (The Unknown Country). The following are excerpts of his column in the October 5,1991 issue of the Vancouver Sun.

During this decisive period of our history, public discussion will provide a needed educational exercise. It could change public attitudes and thus change everything because everything hangs on the condition of the public mind.

But the future will not be decided by fine legal abstractions and the experts' debating points. No, the paramount question is as simple as it is profound: what kind of people are we and, by our behavior, how well do we deserve to possess one of the fairest estates ever granted to human beings?

That question should be answered, or partially answered, before spring after a winter of troubled thought. Troubled because we are not dealing here with our lives alone, but the lives of our descendants for generations ahead.


Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.