media and think-tank researcher

Donald Gutstein

Terence Corcoran

The Global Warming Denial Lobby

02 May '06

The people out to ‘poison the debate on climate change.’ In early April, the Financial Post published a letter addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and signed by 60 “accredited experts in climate and related scientific disciplines,” as they describe themselves. They want Harper to begin a debate on the Kyoto Protocol. Begin a debate?

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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.