By Ruth Cohen
Serious essays at the fresh Tory executive in Ontario; A Globe and Mail bestseller.
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Extra info for Alien Invasion: How the Harris Tories Mismanaged Ontario
He was last seen working as a consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. " •A cheque forger—Jamie Watt, advertising whiz and former press liaison for Mike Harris. In his younger days, Watt was caught trying to shore up his Oakville-based clothing business with forged cheques amounting to $16,000. Fortunately, this occurred before the establishment of boot camps in Ontario. Lucky Jamie served out his time in relative comfort and brevity—twenty nights in jail, with freedom during the days—at a minimum security penal institution.
In Friedman's neo-liberal doctrine, "individual freedom is the ultimate social ideal. Governmental power, while necessary, must be limited and decentralized. " All of these theorists fall into a similar intellectual trap. They believe that the entire human condition can be derived from a single proposition, that the free market is god. Nietzsche's transvaluation of values has been the gospel of these capitalist economists, who replace a reverence for life with a culture of competition. The Harrisites have succumbed to these dark doctrines.
Mr. Giorno rejects allegations that he is a meddler: "I find it difficult to conceive how someone whose role is strictly advisory could micromanage anything. My role is advisory, not managerial," he says. John Toogood: The premier's economic policy advisor, he was recently promoted to assistant director of policy. The Tory Youth graduate and Giorno protege still looks too young to shave. Says former Deputy Press Secretary Don Hogarth, now with Bell Canada, "John gives the impression of being aloof, but I think it's because he's shy.
Alien Invasion: How the Harris Tories Mismanaged Ontario by Ruth Cohen