Alien Invasion: How the Harris Tories Mismanaged Ontario by Ruth Cohen

By Ruth Cohen

Severe essays at the fresh Tory govt in Ontario; A Globe and Mail bestseller.

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Milton Friedman In the mind of Milton Friedman, freedom means freedom from government interference in economic activity. Out of this single premise comes the whole web of free market ideology which has entangled the world and brought us close to extinction. According to Friedman, whose theories were put into practice in Chile under the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, there are many aspects of society in which the government has no business being involved. As a result, government is doing its fundamental job poorly because it devotes too much time and too many resources to business it shouldn't be involved with in the first place.

And so the Harris regime has lied with impunity about every policy it has decreed: There are "more and more teachers in the clasroom" as thousands fewer teachers teach. The environment is "being protected for the future of all Ontarians" as environmental funding is stripped, millions of hectares of public lands are turned over to unregulated corporate exploitation, and air pollution is declared a public health crisis by Ontario doctors. -38 — Higher education is "available to all Ontario's qualified young people" as tuition fees and student debts nearly double.

Finally, he was the one put in charge of assembling the odious Omnibus Bill 26. •A 'silent witness'—Deb Hutton, "issues management" advisor to Mike Harris. Hutton is a central figure in events leading to the fatal shooting of Dudley George, during an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) light-brigade-style charge on unarmed Aboriginal occupiers of sacred burial grounds at Ipperwash Provincial Park in 1995. According to official minutes—the existence of which the province at first denied—the OPP were instructed at a crucial government meeting, where Hutton was present as representative of the Premier's Office, to remove the natives from Ipperwash quickly and in the best way they knew how.

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