By Ruth Cohen
Severe essays at the fresh Tory govt in Ontario; A Globe and Mail bestseller.
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In typical revolutionary style, the four took over the party's youth wing in the 1980s and used it to gain control of the party itself. Fans of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, they programmed the homespun Mike Harris with their Ivy League free market ideas, then ran the successful 1995 election campaign. They continue to guide the party to this day. Of this group, an otherwise loyal politico says, "These bright people led the party out of a decade in the political wilderness. However, with the possible exception of Mr.
The premier's staff and the ministers were barred from seeing the actual wording until the night before its introduction in the Legislature. The discovery of numerous errors precipitated a flurry of lastminute edits, but the document was still highly flawed when it was introduced. Ministers who hadn't been involved in drafting the bill were expected to defend their respective sections, yet were given no guidance. This led to humiliating moments in the Legislature when ministers, challenged by opposition critics, offered only bumbling explanations of laws they clearly didn't understand.
Within the Harris administration, conflict exists between the Tom Long element—which, like Hayek, has great contempt for traditional conservative values such as respect for democracy, benevolence toward the poor and maintaining existing institutions as much as possible—and a number of backbench MPs of a moderate or 'Red Tory' stamp. William Kennedy is a secondary school teacher and a writer. — 56 — The Harris Kremlin: Inside Ontario's Revolutionary Politburo by Guy Crittenden Immediately after his resounding win in the June 1995 election, Mike Harris got down to business.
Alien Invasion: How the Harris Tories Mismanaged Ontario by Ruth Cohen