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  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    Most politically aware Canadians know that the Chrétien and Martin governments aspired to a national program of daycare delivery. Most Canadians don’t know that while the Liberals were in power, the bureaucracy was also quietly working away on a national education curriculum, to be overseen by a new federal minister of education.
    Note: This is news to me. The federal Liberals were working secretly on a national education curriculum?
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    Many journalists—at least, among those who ply their craft in Central Canada—are themselves card-carrying members of the Laurentian elites. These Laurentian reporters and editors are unable or unwilling to acknowledge the great shift in political power underway in Canada because that shift, if it is real and permanent, will weaken their own influence. This is one reason why some journalists, including some within the Parliamentary Press Gallery, strongly dislike the Harper government.
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    The Laurentian elites make a very large sound. They are heavily represented in the media: they dominate the national press gallery, they speak through the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette and the Globe and Mail. (Though John Ibbitson is not simply waving the company flag when he points out that the Globe is making heroic efforts to broaden its reach both in Ontario suburbs and in the West, where its Vancouver bureau now rivals its Ottawa counterpart in size.) They are a common sight in universities—though in the humanities and various -ology departments more than...
    Note: If you want to understand why the media criticizes this Prime Minister so much for the things they ignored under Chretien and Trudeau, this is helpful. Frankly I'm tiredof being governed by elitists like Wynne and Trudeau who think they know better than we do how to spend our money, raise our kids and live our lives. Every Canadian should read this excellent book before voting.
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    The Big Shift is, in the end, good for Canada. No, it’s great for Canada. It means that the expanding centres of growth will determine the national agenda, not the brackish backwaters of decline. Instead of wrestling over the last few crumbs of the last piece of the shrunken pie, government will seek to grow the pie. That is the West’s gift to Canada: to make it a country of the future, based on policies and principles that look to that future with confidence. We need only look across the Atlantic to see how we would do if led by the alternative.
  • Amazon shared from The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future by Darrell Bricker, John Ibbitson
    But the real challenge lay in confronting “the social agenda of the modern left.” Conservatives, he said, must fight for “issues involving the family … such as banning child pornography, raising the age of sexual consent, providing choice in education, and strengthening the institution of marriage.” Conservatives would have to go slow, he warned. “Rebalancing the conservative agenda will require careful political judgment … issues must be chosen carefully … real gains are inevitably incremental.” Patience, my friends, patience. In power, Harper raised the age of sexual consent,...
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