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journalist Terry Milewski, may from the beginning have had a specific and one-sided agenda on this issue.” (PMO Press Office, 1998). George Bain describes the power of Canadian journalists well. “Canadian journalists have always tended to pooh-pooh their influence on public opinion in matters of politics, not out of modesty, heaven forbid, but so as not to have too much invested in case something or someone whom they incautiously endorsed earlier turns out not quite as expected.” (Bain, 1994). In short the media will never be the “bad guy”. They are a kind of “indestructible elite”, in which they can both shape public opinion and make or break a politicians career. However, who controls the media? By far it is “Big Business”. This is today’s answer to the wealthy aristocrats who were political elites in centuries past. It is quite simple; through the power of the almighty dollar big business can both influence and manipulate public policies. For instance, Irving Oil Limited used the media to shape public opinion about New Brunswick’s clean air laws. Big Business also is able to manipulate laws in order to spend the least amount of money as possible. “Without regulation, Canada’s corporate barons have played fast and loose with tax and security laws, and sometimes their actions have bordered on theft” (Francis, 1986). There is one last group of elites that must be discussed: certain groups of the Canadian people. Through interest groups and labor unions, the Canadian people can both influence government and big business. They can be seen as both pesky and incredibly powerful, due to the fact that they ultimately choose some of the people who will represent them in the legislature. It all depends on their size. Though it does slightly go off topic, Qu?bec nationalists can be seen as a type of interest group. It has come to the point where this interest group has its own political party. Their goal is simply to break up the country, and therefore they have a purpose. The Canadian people are as diverse as this nation’s physical geography. Though when they unite with a common purpose they can be just as powerful as the government itself. For the Qu?bec nationalists issue, if it hadn’t been for the conflicting opinions of other English, French, or ethnic residents of Qu?bec, our nation would have been broken by now. In conclusion, the middle-class needs elites almost as much as the elites need the middle-class. It is an unwritten rule of democracy that both undermines the teachings of Karl Marx and confuses our beliefs of what is democracy and what is right. It is simple: for democracy to strive we must obey its rules. The implications of the statement that our nation is run by elites is clear – these elites are a small percentage of the population but can also be a small part of the majority. Finally, to exterminate all political elites is not the answer. The answer is to exterminate those who are not necessary. Most political elites matter to our nation, those that don’t must disappear the same way others did in centuries past. 1. Author Unknown. “The Decline of Democracy” CBC Radio Transcripts (December 19, 1994). 2. Bain, George. Gotcha! How the Media Distort the News. 1st ed. Toronto: Key Porter Books Ltd., 1994. 3. Dunn, Christopher. Canadian Political Debates. 1sted Toronto: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1995. 4. Filemyr, Anne. “Conflict and Mainstream Reporting.” Canadian Business andCanadian Affairs. 28.3 (August, 1996): 97-101. 5. Francis, Diane. Controlling Interest: Who Owns Canada? 2nd ed. Toronto: Scorpio Publishing Ltd., 1986. 6. Funk & Wagnalls. “Democracy” Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia. 4th ed. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, Inc., 1983. 7. Guy, James John. How we are Governed: The Basics of Canadian Politics and Government. 1st ed. Toronto: Harcourt Brace & Company Canada, Ltd, 1995. 8. Jackson, Robert J.; Jackson, Doreen. Politics in Canada. 4th ed. Scarborough, Ontario: Prentice-Hall Canada Inc., 1998. 9. Letter to the CBC ombudsman from the Prime Minister’s Office. Dated October 16, 1998. (www.tv.cbc.ca/cgi-bin/extlnk.cgi?/national/pgminfo/apec/pmo2.html) 10. Penguin Books. The Penguin Dictionary of Sociology. 2nd ed. London: Penguin Books Ltd., 1994. 11. Van Loon, Richard J.; Whittington, Michael S. The Canadian Political System: Environment, Structure and Process. 3rd rd. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Publishing Ltd., 1981.