Friday, March 18, 2005

CPC-Con: Divergence

There's an interesting speech from Michel Kelly Gagnon of the Montreal Economic Institute on right now, pointing out that historically, Canadian federal government has been far less interventionist than American. Railroad land grants, central banks, the New Deal, the Great Society - up until the mid-Trudeau period, the ideals and practices of each came later here, if on a gradually-speeding-up timeline, until the gap was closed and overshot. Even Quebecers at one point dismissed the New Deal as vaguely communist. So...what went wrong? (Also, he used the term "Mainstream Media." Derisively. Woo!)

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