The Big Shift By Darrel Bricker And John Ibbitson

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The thesis put forth by Darrel Bricker and John Ibbitson in “The Big Shift: The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future”, is premised on the notion that the Laurentian Consensus has ended due to its reluctance to accept the changes that Canada has gone, and will go through. They argue that their resistance to change created an opportunity for the Conservative party to become the new “natural governing” party in Canada (Bricker & Ibbitson, 2013). By recognizing and acting on these changes, the Conservative party built a platform for success which lead to the outcome of the 2011 federal election. They argue that the seismic shift in the demographics of Canadian voters from one side of the political spectrum to the other granted Conservatives this victory. This paper will explore the flaws within their argument, and the extent to which this shift is perpetual in nature.
The Laurentian Consensus can be defined as the collective rule by those along the St. Lawrence River including Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec political, business, academic, cultural and media elites. This long-standing coalition, closely linked with the ideas and values of the Liberal party has been the reigning power in Canadian government over the last century. The authors emphasize that the Laurentian consensus coming to an end signifies a shift from old to new Canada, with new values emerging and “political fundamentals have fallen into…

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