Continentalizing Canada: The Politics and Legacy of the MacDonald Royal Commission

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University of Toronto Press, 2005 - Political Science - 471 pages
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Free trade has been a highly contentious issue since the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney negotiated the first deal with the United States in the 1980s. Tracing the roots of Canada's contemporary involvement in North American free trade back to the Royal Commission on the Economic Union and Development Prospects for Canada in 1985 - also known as the Macdonald Commission - Gregory J. Inwood offers a critical examination of the commission and how its findings affected Canada's political and economic landscape, including its present-day reverberations.

Using original research - including content analysis, interviews, archival information, and surveys of relevant literature - Inwood argues that the Macdonald Commission created an atmosphere and political discourse that made the continentalization of Canada possible by way of free trade agreements with the U.S. and Mexico. Through the use of a suspect research program, and with the aid of a select oligarchy within the Commission and the government bureaucracy, opposition to continentalism from both the majority of the Canadian population and even several commissioners was ignored. Accessible to readers interested in Canadian politics, policy, or economy, Continentalizing Canada offers a thorough examination into the Macdonald Commission and the resulting discourse in the Canadian political economy.

 

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This book was interesting because it described the inner workings and "office politics" of the Royal Commission examing Canada's economic prospects. As a student of government, I enjoyed learning more ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
3
Canadian Economic Development in the PostWar
17
The Struggle Engaged
46
Seeking a New Consensus
76
Reflections in the Mirror of the Macdonald
97
The Battle of the Paradigms
130
The Research Program of
152
The Influence of the Research Program
179
The Triumph of the Policy Group
224
Ideology in the Chair
243
The CommissionersRole and the Final Report
271
The Politics and Legacy of the Macdonald
298
Written Briefs Examined for This Study
325
Categorization of Topics from Macdonald Commission
334
NOTES
345
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
419

Ideological Homogeneity in the Research Program
199

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Gregory J. Inwood is an associated professor in the Department of Politics and the School of Public Administration at Ryerson University.

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