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From our esteemed former Governor General–and author of the bestsellers The Idea of Canada and Ingenious–a very timely guide for restoring personal, community, and national trust.
Trust is a much-needed manual for the repair and restoration of the social quality on which all democracies rely. One of Canada’s most revered governors general, David Johnston mines his long life and varied career to give Canadians twenty ways to make themselves, their institutions, and their country more worthy of trust.
Many of these habits, attitudes, and approaches stem from his experiences serving as the representative of the head of state in Canada for seven years. Some ways are individual–listen first, never manipulate, be consistent in public and private. Some are geared toward leaders at all levels and of all stripes–be barn-raisers, tell everyone your plans, depend on those around you. And some are societal–apologize, cherish teachers, invite others to dance.
As such, not only every Canadian, but also every person who cares about their democratic way of life is wise to heed David Johnston’s polite yet pressing call. You can become more worthy of trust. You can spot and encourage this vital quality in others. You can be an instrumental force in restoring trust in your community and country–making them better for yourself and your fellow citizens, and the world better for all.
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