Extrinsic Influences on the 43rd Federal General Election

AuthorGregory Tardi
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Each political culture is unique, but every political system is permeable
to inf‌luences from others. In that sense, the electoral process of  in
Canada did not occur in a void, but rather in context. e recounting
of our rd federal general election would be sorely incomplete without
mention, however brief, of that context of prevailing trends.
In , the Canadian-born economist John Kenneth Galbraith pub-
lished a most interesting book aimed at the popularization of economic
history, entitled he Age of Uncertainty. After recounting the evolution of
economic knowledge and practice, he devoted the f‌inal chapter to “Dem-
ocracy, Leadership, Commitment.” He came to the conclusion that the
most transcendent economic and political issue of his day was the avoid-
ance of nuclear Armageddon. He ended with the following prescription:
The truth that men seek there [in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, the base of
NORAD] to evade is that this small planet cannot survive a nuclear exchange.
. . .
1 John Kenneth Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty: A History of Economic Ideas and Their
Consequences (Boston: Houghton Miin, 1977).

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