Influence in Parliament, Canada

Influence in Parliament, Canada

Influence in Parliament, Canada

Influence in Parliament, Canada

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In all societies -- from societies that are very meagerly developed and have barely attained the dawnings of civilization, down to the most advanced and powerful societies -- two classes of people appear -- a class that rules and a class that is ruled. The first class, always the less numerous, performs all political functions, monopolizes power and enjoys the advantages that power brings, whereas the second, the more numerous class is controlled and directed by the first...[ Gaetano Mosca, The Ruling Class, trans. by Hannah D. Kahn (New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1939), p. 50 ].

THE MEMBERS OF THE GOVERNMENT

"Harry Fesler," "Brewster O'Dare,"and "Roger Cyr"are all Liberals, members of the party that formed the government during the lifetime of the 28th Canadian Parliament, 1968-1972.

The representative of a partly suburban, partly rural, highly competitive constituency, Harry Fesler claims he has been in politics literally all of his life. Political meetings, he recalls, were often held in his home ("Dad was the bag man for Mr. ------, you know") and politics was the subject most frequently discussed over dinner. A graduate of his province's oldest university, he was a staunch campus Liberal as an undergraduate. After receiving his law degree he involved himself in community affairs and in the civic organizations of the city of 15,000 in which he established his law practice. Fesler was elected to the local school board at age twenty-five, served a three-year term as chairman of the board, was twice president of his local Chamber of Commerce, and in the spring of 1968, won his . . .

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