The Sport and Prey of Capitalists

Overview

The story of how we as a nation collectively built promising national projects and are now selling them off to the rich.

For the first century after Confederation, Canadians collectively created significant public enterprises and programs, including power plants, and transportation, communications, health care, and education systems.

But after a century as nation builders, we’ve spent recent decades downsizing or selling off our ambitious collective undertakings to private investors. This massive sell-off <—> with more ahead <—> has been done in the name of fiscal necessity and the alleged superiority of the private marketplace. In fact, the real driving force has been pressure from the corporate world.

Linda McQuaig tells a sweeping tale of how Canada's public enterprises and programs were first developed <—> often after major public battles <—> and how powerful interests are now manoeuvring to get control of them.

About the Author

Linda McQuaig

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 9, 2018
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Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is a journalist and author of eight national bestsellers. In 2016, her book Shooting the Hippo was selected by the Literary Review of Canada as one of the twenty-five most influential books in the past twenty-five years. She lives in Toronto.