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Business's Campaign to Undermine the 90s Ontario NDP

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The Globe had an amazing article on how businesses teamed up with the media in the 90's to do everything in their power to undermine the Provincial NDP government at the day. 

For those of you whom have seen the British TV series A Very British Coup it reads almost like it's from a playbook.

Choice quotes:

"The attacks came from all sides. It is no exaggeration to say hysterical fear-mongering and sabotage was the order of the day. Launched within the very first year of the new government, the attackers included every manner of business big and small, both Canadian and American-owned, almost all private media, the police (especially in Toronto), landlords and lobbying/government relations firms. Their goal was clear, and they had the money and power to achieve it.

"After the new finance minister's very first meeting with the banking community , a bank vice-president told him, in the presence of an aide: “Nice speech, Mr. Minister, but we're going to kill you.” And they did.

"Of course hostile editorials were fully expected. Less predictable were the full-page statements in the press denouncing the labor amendments. Even more unprecedented was the delegation consisting of the publishers of all three dailies who appeared in the premier's office to express their hostility in person."

 


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