April 6, 2011
By Trevor Harrison, Special to the Sun – January 15, 2009
During the 1930s, two groups disproportionately dominated the House of Commons and the federal cabinet: farmers and businessmen. Since that time, farmers have been consigned to the dustbin, replaced by lawyers, but the business class retains its lofty status.
Indeed, immune to all other efforts to democratize political representation since the 19th century, business people — usually men — continue to dominate our political landscape.
To some, this is as it should be. Before October’s federal election, a friend of mine remarked that he wanted people with knowledge of business in Parliament, as they would be best at managing the country’s finances.
In fact, the opposite is true. It is the overweening dominance of the business class — and “business-think” — that leads us into repeated financial disasters, including the current global mess. Read more of this post