Northern Reflections: Politicians As CEO’s

When Brian Mulroney first ran for prime minister, his sales pitch was that he would run government like a business. Mike Harris liked to refer to himself as Ontario’s CEO. George W. Bush’s calling card was that he possessed a Harvard MBA. All three were successful politicians but lousy mangers. Donald Savoie writes that the ...

Northern Reflections: The Fallacy That Government Is A Business

Don Lenihan writes that Canadian politics has been corrupted by a powerful fallacy. Simply put, that fallacy is that government should be run like a business. And, because successful businesses identify and fulfill consumer wants, politics has transformed citizens into consumers — who expect to be satisfied, and who feel no responsibility for the health ...