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'The Arrogant Autocrat: Stephen Harper's Takeover of Canada' by Mel Hurtig


Five excerpts from the new book by Mel Hurtig, the renowned Canadian nationalist, debunk the Conservatives' oft bragged myth that Harper is a skilled manager of the economy and federal finances.

In This Series



Mel Hurtig Tags Stephen Harper: 'The Arrogant Autocrat'

The great Canadian nationalist talks to The Tyee. Read slices of his razor-like book here all week.

By David Beers, 8 Jun 2015



Busting Harper's Favourite Myth: He's Been Hell on Canada's Economy

Canada got less competitive under Tories. And more tough truths from Mel Hurtig's new book. First excerpt in a series.

By Mel Hurtig, 8 Jun 2015


Canadian flag puzzle piece

Harper Shrugs as Foreigners Snap up Canadian-Owned Companies

PM waves goodbye to home-grown successes that should anchor economy. Second in a series.

By Mel Hurtig, 9 Jun 2015



Stephen Harper, Jobs Killer

When Tories brag about 'their' economy, pull up these grim unemployment facts. Third in a series.

By Mel Hurtig, 10 Jun 2015


Choking on down arrows

Eight Ways the Harper Economy Is a Bust

These reality check truths are bound to dog Tories on election trail. Fourth in a series.

By Mel Hurtig, 11 Jun 2015


Prime Minister Stephen Harper

How Harper Put Canada Massively in the Red

He ate up a huge federal surplus, piled up six deficits. This PM wants to run on fiscal smarts? Last in series.

By Mel Hurtig, 12 Jun 2015

Real Cities Give Their People Places to Pee

Public washrooms should be plentiful and accessible, says one scholar. And cities that do flush, flourish.

By Christopher Cheung