Code word for increasing tendency of Canadian economic, political and cultural goals to emulate those in Banana-growing areas of Central and South America: the dispersal of taxation monies to multinationals willing to pretend they’ll employ indigenous workers, the suppression of government taxation and regulatory powers, and the extermination of any and all government services, Crown corporations, public monopolies. During the 1990s, our political system was largely reshaped to achieve these ends, but Canadians remain oblivious to the consequent influx of tarantulas and rotting banana skins and to the poverty that comes with economic systems based on banana cultivation and export.

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