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Required Reading: The Fraser Institute and Canada’s Conservative Evolution

This week, The People’s Library spotlights Donald Gutstein’s Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy. 

“Do you ever wonder why so many of the Fraser Institute’s right-wing commentaries get into Canadian daily newspapers? Perhaps you’ve been disturbed by the spate of articles about the inevitability of Canada forming closer ties with the United States. Maybe you’re troubled by the constant media attacks on medicare or on the scientific consensus about global warming. In Not a Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Hijacks Democracy, former SFU communications professor and occasional Straight contributor Donald Gutstein explains how Canadians are being duped by a sophisticated, broad-ranging, and reactionary public-relations assault financed by some of North America’s largest corporations.”

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Book: History of Canadian Wealth, 2004

History of Canadian Wealth

Gustavus Myers
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The Minerva Group, Inc., 2004-09-30 – 360 pages
An account of the development of Canadian industry. Myers lays bare the corruption, swindling, land deals, bribery that are the basis of Canadian history. The heros of other history books come out looking quite different. The Canadian Pacific Railway, Hudson’s Bay Company, Lord Selkirk, John A MacDonald, Laurier – all fall under Myers’s scrutiny, and the facts he records about them are startling. Contents include: The Quest of Trade and New Sources of Wealth; The Ecclesiastical and Feudal Lords; The Hudson’s Bay Company; Wars of the Fur Traders and Companies; The Landed and Mercantile Oligarchy; The Landed Proprietors; Revolt against Feudalism; Sovereignty of the Hudson’s Bay Company; Passing of the Hudson’s Bay Company’s Sovereignty; Inception of the Railroad Power; First Period of Railway Promoters; Contest for the Pacific Railway; Era of Railway Magnates; Progress of the Railway Lords; Extension of Railway Possessions; Appropriation of Coal, Timber and Other Lands; and Distribution of Railway Subsidies. Gustavus Myers (1872-1942) was an American historian who worked on a number of newspapers and magazines in New York City, joined the Populist party and the Social Reform Club, and was a member (1907-12) of the Socialist party. Such books as The History of Tammany Hall (1901), History of the Great American Fortunes (1910), and History of the Supreme Court of the United States (1912) were detailed, realistic exposes through which Myers made his reputation in the muckraking era of American literature.