“Nothing is going to go wrong.”
-Mike Harris, 2001
Privatization of power soon became one of the biggest political disasters in Ontario history. Hydro reveals a train wreck that was decades in the making. First there was blind faith in the nuclear option, steeped in ecological arrogance. Then came the promise of marketplace magic.
Jamie Swift and Keith Stewart tell the tale of how it unfolded. It’s a dramatic story of the greed, intrigue, and resistance that led to the dismantling of Canada’s largest crown corporation. A crucial part of the story is how Ontario ignored thirty years of green arguments for conservation and renewable energy.
Based on interviews with former premiers, Hydro insiders, and grassroots activists, Hydro will intrigue anyone wondering how to keep the lights on without frying the planet.
About the authors
Kingston writer Jamie Swift is the author of a dozen books, most recently The Vimy Trap, or How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Great War (with Ian McKay), finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing and the Canadian Historical Association Prize for the Best Scholarly Book in Canadian History. He has held the Michener Foundation fellowship for public service journalism and was a longtime documentary producer for CBC-Radio’s “Ideas.” In addition to the writing life, he is a social justice advocate. He taught “Critical Perspectives on Business” at the Smith School of Business, Queen’s University for many years.
Other titles by Jamie Swift
The Case for Basic Income
Freedom, Security, Justice
Sick of the System
Why the COVID-19 recovery must be revolutionary
Rebranding Canada in an Age of Anxiety
Voices From the Margins
The Decline and Fall of Ontario’s Electric Empire
Walking the Union Walk
Stories From the Communications, Energy, and Paperworkers Union
Getting Started on Social Analysis in Canada, Fourth Edition
Civil Society in Question
Wheel of Fortune
Work and Life in the Age of Falling Expectations
Conflicts of Interest
Canada and the Third World