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Mel Hurtig still carries nationalist torch

Twenty five years later, publisher is proud that Council of Canadians remains an irritant.

Hurtig helped found the Council of Canadians in the Reagan-Mulroney era.by Sheila Pratt, for edmontonjournal.com

EDMONTON: In 1985, from his Edmonton offices, Mel Hurtig was juggling two big, bold projects that were about to shake up the country's comfortable status quo.

It was the Ronald Reagan-Brian Mulroney era, far too conservative, far too friendly with America for the likes of the well known Alberta book publisher and ardent nationalist.

As Mulroney cozied up to Reagan with talk of a free trade deal, Hurtig fumed in Edmonton, soon deciding it was time to fight back. He got on the phone to his network of like minded nationalists, including prominent politicians from all parties, and talked them into forming a new advocacy group, the Council of Canadians, with its headquarters in Edmonton.

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Posted: October 26, 2010

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