Every summer, Flaherty hosts a closed-door, off-the-record policy retreat with the who's-who of corporate Canada to discuss what Ottawa should do to give the economy a boost.
According to David Akin of Sun News, this year's guest list consisted of mostly Bay Street big whigs — representatives from TMX, Suncor and The Royal Bank — with a sprinkling of others (including a First Nations chief, a university president, a member from the United Way, and the Fraser Institute).
Akin claims that there were no union leaders invited this time but had been invited in the past.
That has raised the ire of the Broadbent Institute.
"This type of excessive cozying up to the commanding heights of corporate Canada is run of the mill for the Harper government. It fits into a much broader pattern of behaviour, one that consistently favours the corporate sector and also works to silence orRead More »from Jim Flaherty criticized for latest exclusive meeting with Canada’s corporate elite