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Old 06-19-2013, 10:47 AM
 
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Do they try to influence Canadian politics like our wealthiest ones? (FYI: Many wealthy Americans are actually liberal).

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:33 AM
 
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Do they try to influence Canadian politics like our wealthiest ones? (FYI: Many wealthy Americans are actually liberal).

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Well number 5 lives in my province of B.C. and although one never knows what is going behind the scenes, I have never heard him get involved publicly in politics. I suppose only someone on the inside knows for sure where he spends his money.
In fact one would think that since he is a billionaire that he would lean right,( and I'm sure he does ) however he recently hired a former NDP ( left ) premier to be president of the Jimmy Pattison Group.
I've heard that he is quite religious as well, but doesn't push that on others. In fact before gay marriage was recognized in Canada, at least in his grocery store chains, gay people were protected in their contracts with his company and even his downtown Urban Fare store in Yaletown puts up gay Pride banners during Pride.
He appears to be able to separate what's good for business, and what he may personally believe.
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:38 AM
 
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Individuals can't donate more than $1200 to a party. At least legally.
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Old 06-19-2013, 02:20 PM
 
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(FYI: Many wealthy Americans are actually liberal).
Who says?
What about the Koch brothers (rich, and actively involved in the Repub party)? Last I heard, Obama won because the minorities (Black and Hispanic, not generally considered rich) voted for him. Rich white Americans mostly vote Republican.


Strong, wealthy men more likely to be conservativesThe Men's Department blog - MSN Living
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:06 PM
 
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Who says?
What about the Koch brothers (rich, and actively involved in the Repub party)? Last I heard, Obama won because the minorities (Black and Hispanic, not generally considered rich) voted for him. Rich white Americans mostly vote Republican.


Strong, wealthy men more likely to be conservativesThe Men's Department blog - MSN Living
While this link doesn't delve into the ultra-wealthy, it does show some demographic breakdowns in the very last chart.

In 2004, 38% of those earning over 75,000 annually identified as republicans and 27% identified as democrats. It would appear that while those who are both wealthy and left-leaning are a minority in the US, they are a significant one.

But, back to the topic at hand - As others have noted there seems to be a greater disconnect between personal beliefs and business practices or public appearance than there is in the US.

There's very little celebrity endorsement of candidates up here, too - I've always found that a bit weird about US elections.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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Most of the wealthy families known to have influenced politics have been Conservative in Canada. Conrad Black famously promoted the ideology through his Newspapers, as do the Aspers with there's and Rupert Murdoch with his Sun News network. The Irvings rule New Brunswick and absolutely have an effect on local policy, but it's mostly backroom influence, as I suspect much of the elite's influence is. Their contract for shipbuilding with the Feds is also highly suspect. Their ideology, however, seems to be "what's good for Irving" rather then any specific political brand, although things do seem to lean right naturally. For the most part though we have a much smaller and less powerful group of money men than the US seems to, and I attribute this mostly to our laws. Not investigating enough what happens behind the scenes may also be part of it. Most of the wealthy people who were politically active that I know of in Canada were people with family members who were politicians, like Mackay and Martin.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:29 AM
 
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... Rupert Murdoch with his Sun News network.
Try again.
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Old 06-23-2013, 02:11 PM
 
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Try again.

Rupert Murdoch is from "UhSTRAYuh".
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:24 PM
 
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Rupert Murdoch is from "UhSTRAYuh".
And Sun News Network is owned and operated by Quebecor Media, a company controlled by the Péladeau family of Montreal. Some posters around here have funny ideas.

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