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Donald Gutstein

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Harperism

07 Oct '14

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.

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Deep Integration, Act 2

03 Feb '11

Whatever the Canadian Council of Chief Executives wants, the Canadian Council of Chief Executives gets. This organization of 150 top Canadian CEOs is the most powerful lobby group in the country. It has wanted deeper economic integration with the U.S. ever since it won the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement battle in 1988. Now it looks

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Harperstein

06 Jul '06

Stephen Harper was a 15-year-old student in Etobicoke’s Richview Collegiate just west of Toronto when MacMillan Bloedel chairman Jack Clyne and other corporate leaders chipped in a total of $75,000 to start the Fraser Institute in 1974. Obviously, they didn’t have a Stephen Harper government in mind when they helped MacBlo vice president Patrick Boyle

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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.