was there anything said that was "new" to you or enlightening?
Well, I did read it a while ago, but here's what I remember.
The author is a veteran newspaper reporter who's been on the scene of some cool Canadian historical moments, knows a lot of famous Canadian figures, etc. He uses these points and people and other historical things to investigate what makes us tick, compares us to Americans, tries to figure why we hold certain things important. I think it was really interesting - it made me laugh at some points, but also made me think about where I fit in. I had a chuckle a few times as I realized I fit the mental patterns he described about the standard Canadian.
He also avoids being overly cliche, goofy, or stereotypical; MacGregor really makes an effort to look at it through a historical and investigative lens and doesn't harp on the classic things. It's also pretty cool to read about the places he "takes you."
Anyway, I think it's a pretty good book, I think you'd find it valuable.
Does everything that happened before today (ie. the "past") seem like a mystery to you? Not sure how to start investigating, interpreting, and retelling the things that seem to rise from the mists of time? Well maybe it's time you read through some books as a primer to studying history so you can eke a little more out of it.