In Douglas Bland’s novel Uprising, a group of impoverished, disheartened, poorly educated, but well-armed aboriginal young people find a modern revolutionary leader in the tradition of 1800 rebellion leader Louis Riel, and rally with a battle cry, “Take Back the Land!”. Knowing their minority force cannot take on all Canada, they don’t need to. A surprise attack on the nation’s most vulnerable assets, abundant energy resources, sends the Canadian Armed Forces scrambling and politicians reeling. Over a few tension-filled days as the battles rage, the frantic prime minister can only watch as the insurrection paralyzes the country. But when energy-dependent Americans discover the southward flow of Canadian hydroelectricity, oil, and natural gas is halted, they do not remain passive.
In the midst of the “No Idle Movement”, Christie Blatchford has based her column in today’s National Post on Uprising. It’s an intriguing read.
DOUGLAS BLAND retired as a lieutenant-colonel after 30 years with the Canadian Forces, and then became Chair in Defence Studies at Queen’s University. A respected author of non- fiction, he often advises those in the highest offices on defence and security.