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Chapter 10: Interest Groups

CBC Archives

Opposition to the Seal Hunt
Canada's seal hunt has long been a target of animal rights activists. We learn more about the hunt, and those who oppose it, in this report from 1976.

Canadian Labour Congress Is Founded
Canada's labour movement has been active in attempting to influence public policy for more than a century. But the labour movement itself has not always been united—this changed in 1956 when the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada merged with the Canadian Congress of Labour to form the million-member Canadian Labour Congress. As seen in this CBC report, while some delegates to the founding convention expressed concern, the vote for union was unanimous.

Assembly of First Nations Elects Fontaine
Canada's Aboriginal peoples have been lobbying government to protect their interests since long before Confederation. Lobbying has swung between militant positions and more pragmatic approaches depending on who the prominent leaders were in the movement. In this report we see the emergence of Phil Fontaine as the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. By voting for Fontaine, Canada's native chiefs have chosen a pragmatic approach over a more aggressive style, reports CBC's Saša Petricic.

TVO's The Agenda

Losing the Lobbyists
Should hospitals, universities, and colleges be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to lobby Ontario's Queen's Park?