The Sport and Prey of Capitalists


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 that transformed this vast stretch of land into a successful nation, including power plants, coast-to-coast transportation systems, a nationwide postal service, and public health care and education systems.

But after more than a century as nation builders, we’ve spent recent decades downsizing or selling off these ambitious collective undertakings to private investors. These sweeping changes have been made in the name of fiscal necessity. But what’s really driving them is the pressure exerted by key financial interests.

Linda McQuaig tells a sweeping tale of how our public programs and enterprises were first developed and how powerful interests are now manoeuvring to get control of them.

About the Author

Linda McQuaig

Posted by KathrynB on October 9, 2018
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Linda McQuaig

Linda McQuaig is a journalist and author of seven national bestsellers. Her 1995 book Shooting the Hippo was selected as one of the twenty-five most influential books of the past twenty-five years by the Literary Review of Canada. She lives in Toronto.