media and think-tank researcher

Donald Gutstein

Immigration

Letter claims ‘Islamic extremists’ will set up ‘no-go’ zones for non-Muslims in Canadian cities

18 Nov '11

Last week I received a spooky, racist letter, meant, I think, for the Reform wing of the Harper Conservatives. The letter advises me to be fearful because what has happened in some European cities will happen to us in Canada unless we make radical changes in our immigration policies. In these unnamed cities, “Islamic extremists”

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Harperism: How Stephen Harper and his think tank colleagues have transformed Canada

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Margaret Thatcher transformed British political life forever. So did Ronald Reagan in the United States. Now Canada has experienced a similar, dramatic shift to a new kind of politics, which author Donald Gutstein terms Harperism. Among its key tenets:

  • A weakened labour movement – and preferably the disappearance of unions – will contribute to Canada’s economic prosperity
  • Cutting back government scientific research and data collection will improve public policy-making

The success of Harperism is no accident. Donald Gutstein documents the links between the politicians, think tanks, journalists, academics, and researchers who nurture and promote each other’s neo-liberal ideas.