I came across this article this morning while researching Parliamentary Reform. For anyone concerned about the direction their nation is headed, this is required reading. Written by Kathleen O’Hara, Journalist http://www.kathleenohara.ca/index.html for Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
“Over the past decade or more, federal governments, working in co-operation with business, academic and media interests, have been transforming our relatively collectivist, sharing and democratic society into one that is individualistic, profit-driven and corporate-dominated — an unprecedented revolution.
Canadians have heard a lot about Canada being “the best country in the world.” We have been promised that the worst of the anti-deficit “healing” process is over and we will soon begin to benefit from painful deficit-reduction and restructuring. But, in reality, this country is being privatized, decentralized, deregulated and continentalized to such an extent that the tools once used to ensure fairness and equity are being destroyed.
Our country is being redesigned to serve a small, powerful elite and to fit into a financially-fluid global society, a virtually borderless world dominated by transnational corporations (about 200 giant companies already control 80 % of the world economy!) where nations are nothing more than “economies,” government leaders behave like “chief executive officers” and citizens are reduced to “clients” or “consumers.”
How have the Liberals, the Tories and the large corporations which fund them and firmly control their agendas managed to get away with this wholesale dismantling? For one thing, although Canada is an extreme case in terms of the speed of its transformation, we are not out of sync with the world. Other nations, too, are being restructured. The International Monetary Fund has a “structural adjustment” program that consists of paring down government, privatizing national assets, weakening social programs, opening up investment, and liberalizing trade. Sound familiar?
But Canada is unique. We border the most powerful nation in the world. We are vulnerable. Tearing down what makes us different politically, socially and culturally will prove fatal. The list below has been prepared to help Canadians more clearly understand what is being done in the name of cost-cutting, competition and globalization. It is not easy reading. But remember: “Knowledge is power!”
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What I find most alarming is that this paper was written in May, 1998, and political conditions are only worsening since.