The Real World of Business Regulation in Canada: How government regulators are failing the public interest
This book offers documentation for the first time of how corporations have captured Canadian government agencies set up to protect the public.
Twenty-one authors, experts in their fields, describe how federal agencies do their job to regulate industries -- oil, nuclear, pharmaceuticals, construction, international mining, finance and more. In virtually every case, they find that the agency has set aside the public interest to favour corporate interests.
They also find that government legislation, policies limiting regulations, ongoing working relationships with "stakeholders" that often take place in secret, lobbying, financing of regulatory agencies by regulated industries, and job movement between industry and government all combine to produce these captive regulatory agencies.
The result is that government continuously and often disastrously fails to protect the public interest. The results are a degraded environment, increased inequality in society, loss of trust in government, and avoidable deaths.
Editor Bruce Campbell concludes the book with a set of proposals that would restore the primacy of the public interest in the work of government agencies.
About this Author
Bruce Campbell is an Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University; Senior Fellow, Centre for Free Expression at Ryerson University; and former Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He is the author of many books on public policy, most recently The Lac-Megantic Disaster: Public Betrayal, Justice Denied which is an authoritative examination of how deregulation combined with bad management led to a catastrophe which killed 47 people in 2013. He lives in Ottawa.
The contributors to this volume are all distinguished experts in their respective fields.
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