Saturday, January 8, 2011

Corporatism on Parade

Thomas d'Aquino is President and Chief Executive of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
He has been described by Peter C. Newman as "the most powerful influence on public policy formation in Canadian history", and listed by historian Jack Granatstein as one of the 100 most influential Canadians of the twentieth century. A prolific writer and speaker, he has worked as special assistant to the Prime Minister, special counsel on international trade law and international advisor on strategic business problems.
Thomas d'Aquino worked with Manley on the Task Force that created the document for Building a North American Community.

This guy has to be stopped!

Here is a welcome letter he wrote to Unite The Right

"According to an old American joke, the Soviet Union collapsed because they only had one communist party. They'd still be around if they'd been smart enough to have two communist parties that were exactly alike on every issue except abortion.

A similar model has worked for years in Canada. Since at least Mulroney, we've had a Conservative Party that has explicitly advocated the neoliberal policies that the Liberal Party has implemented. This arrangement, along with concentrated media ownership, has served us well. As one of the few commentators not on our payroll has pointed out, we "have been dictating fiscal, trade and economic policy to governments since the early 1980s."

The benefits? Over 100 billion in corporate tax cuts, radical decentralization, gutting of social programs and unemployment insurance, and a government that took up our cause on the international scene. It was an unprecedented success.

But it worked best with Liberals in power and Conservatives perpetually set to gain power.

The era of minority governments and sponsorship scandals threatens to slow down our agenda. Wanting to gain power, the Liberals and Conservatives are willing to bow to the electorate with policies that voters want, and even enter a coalition with the NDP. God forbid.

Most Canadians don't like Stephen Harper--journalists least of all--and most Canadians think Martin should be pushed aside. This leaves both parties vulnerable to the will of the electorate, and distracts them from implementing the agenda of the 150 richest corporations in Canada (which I happen to represent).

There is a solution to this unique 21st century problem. We modestly propose to unite the right... again.

While there are obvious cultural differences between the parties, the policy differences are remarkably cosmetic. Even so, the divisions within parties are greater than those between the Grits and Tories.

The benefits are undeniable. Corporate Canada will only have to fund one party, and the return on that investment--in tax cuts for corporations and the rich, subsidies and sweatheart privatization deals--will be incomparable.

Best of all, the Liberals will no longer have to give speeches about fixing health care for a generation or funding social programs. Every time I hear Paul Martin talk about signing Kyoto or a "rising tide not lifting all boats" and the importance of social programs, I cringe. How horrible it must be to have to talk about things that you clearly have no interest in.

No longer.

Welcome to the future of Canadian politics.


Tom d'Aquino
President & Chief Executive
Canadian Council of Chief Executives


Jan said...

So Jerry,
What exactly are your issues? It is not clear what you object to. Is it the power of corporations to set policy? They've been doing it for decades only largely under the Liberal banner. Chretien changed all that by limiting contributions for big business and unions.

Jerry Prager said...

My problem is corporatism is fascism as defined by Mussolini and the right wing Catholics who invented the idea, democracy can not exist in a corporatist environment which is why we don't have one: prewar it was the ideology of the Conservative Party of Canada, post war right wing liberals joined conservatives as North America became the home of fascism/corporatism during the phony Cold War. Liberal democracy and corporatism are mutually exclusive, and I'm a liberal democrat.