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Chris Wood is a journalist and author of two books on water and climate change, including Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources.

The case for selling Canada’s water

Why the false spectre of bulk water exports is stopping Canadians from having an honest discussion about the resource itself.

If you want to see water start a fire, suggest to a Canadian that their country should consider selling any of its very large water reserves – a fifth of all the Earth’s standing surface freshwater, and seven per cent of the planet’s continuously renewed water – to another country. Especially to its neighbours to the south.

The hostility you’ll likely encounter reflects a quality in Canadians I call aquanationalism – the bonding of national identity with romantic images of clear lakes barely ruffled by a canoe’s passing, and the conviction that sooner or later the Yanks will come for our water.

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