Madness and Ruin
Politics and Economy in the Neoconservative Age
Publisher: Between the Lines, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1992
Pages: 205pp Price: $15.95 Paper, $34.95 Cloth ISBN: 0921284640 Paper, 0921284632 Cloth
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX6868
Watkin's book, based on his monthly articles in This Magazine is a scathing attack on the Mulroney government's adoption of neo-conservative economics. With their adoption of Reaganite policies they have cut back on transfer payments to the provinces thus hitting secondary school funding and medicare. They have also linked Canada to the United States with the adoption of the Free Trade Agreement and launched a full scale attack on the welfare state. The NDP is not spared his criticism and is blasted for its "appalling" performance in the free- trade election. It is a poweful jounalistic book that stands up well despite the passage of years.