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For more than four decades, Canadian nationalist, publisher and best-selling author, Mel Hurtig, has been warning Canadians about the negative influences of the excessive corporate takeover of Canada, including the impacts of foreign ownership and so-called free-trade agreements....

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The Arrogant Autocrat

Stephen Harper's Takeover of Canada

Hurtig, Mel


According to Dean Beeby, “Among right-leaning or pro-business think-tanks in Canada, two — the C.D. Howe Institute in Toronto and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa — have confirmed to the Canadian Press they are not currently under audit for political activities. Two others — the Fraser Institute in Vancouver and the Montreal Economic Institute — have declined to comment on the matter.” end marker





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CAMPAIGN 2000

- a non-partisan, cross-Canada coalition of over 120 national, provincial and community organizations committed to working together to end child and family poverty in Canada.

CANADA 2020

- an independent, progressive think-tank with a mission "to inform and influence debate, to identify progressive policy solutions and to help redefine the federal government for a modern Canada."

CCPA

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. This is an independent research institute concerned with issues of social and economic justice. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada's leading progressive voices in public policy debates. The C CPA is a registered, non-profit organization supported by more than 10,000 members across Canada, with a national office in Ottawa and provincial offices in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

FAIR VOTE CANADA

Fair Vote Canada is a grassroots multi-partisan citizens' campaign which works to educate and promote electoral reform and the introduction of proportional representation in Canada.

GDP

Gross Domestic Product. The total output of goods and services for final use produced by both residents and non-residents in an economy. This is the standard measure of the incomes generated from productive activity in a country.

INNOVATION

The Conference Board of Canada defines economic innovation as "the process through which economic and social value is extracted from knowledge through the generation, development, and implementation of ideas to produce new or improved strategies, capabilities, products, services, or processes."

LAW COMMISSION OF CANADA

The Law Reform Commission of Canada was formed in 1971 as a permanent independent body to study and undertake a systematic review of Canadian law. It was shut down in 1993 by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and then formed again in 1997, this time as the Law Commission of Canada (LCC). Its mandate was to study and review the laws of Canada and offer independent advice on improvements, modernization and reform aimed at a just legal system that meets the changing needs of Canadian society. It advised Parliament for nine years until its budget was axed in 2006 by Stephen Harper.

LOW INCOME

Low income is broadly defined by Statistics Canada as a family or individual income that is half or less of median income.

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WELFARE (NCW)

Formed in 1969, the National Council of Welfare provided welfare and poverty statistics, fact-based social policy resources and served as an advisory group to the federal Minister responsible for the welfare of Canadians. In 2012, the entire $1 million budget of the NCW was eliminated in a single-line item in one of Stephen Harper's omnibus bills.

OECD

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This is composed of 34 developed countries which work together on economic, social, globalization and environmental matters. The OECD publishes a steady stream of invaluable books, papers, articles, and studies. The OECD member countries are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

PMO

Prime Minister's Office

PRODUCTIVITY

(or Labour Productivity) — measures the economic growth of a country. It measures the amount of goods and services produced by one hour of labor or the amount of real GDP produced by an hour of labor. Labor productivity depends on three main factors: investment, new technology and human capital.

PR Proportional Representation

- an electoral system in which parties gain seats in proportion to the number of votes cast for them.