The House: Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives take over
CBC Radio's The House keeps tabs on the nation's business from Parliament Hill. Launched in 1977, this hour-long Saturday morning program examines public policy and the politics of governing. It remains one of CBC Radio's flagship current affairs programs. The CBC Digital Archives highlights programs from the 1984 season — the year Canada had three prime ministers. It was a year that saw the last days of Pierre Trudeau in Ottawa, John Turner's brief moment of glory, and the rise of Brian Mulroney's Progressive Conservative juggernaut.
• The term "universality" as used in this clip refers to the policy of making government programs universally applicable and available to all Canadians. Unlike a means-tested approach, which generally relies on proof that people fall within specific economic category, universality is intended to make services available to all without regard to income. The old age pension is an example of such a program. • Grant Devine was premier of Saskatchewan from 1982 to 1991. He was the first Progressive Conservative leader to win a majority in the province, which has predominately elected New Democratic Party governments. His party won 55 of 64 seats in 1982 and was re-elected for a second term in 1986. As premier, he sold off several crown corporations and made substantial changes to the province's social programs.
Program: The House
Broadcast Date: Nov. 17, 1984
Guest(s): David Berger, Ed Broadbent, Michael Cassidy, Mary Collins, Norman Cousins, Grant Devine, Jake Epp, Doug Firth, John Hughes, Jim Jepson, Patrick Johnston, Tom Maxwell, Dr. Patrick McTaggart-Cowan, Brian Mulroney, Lawrence O'Neil, Nelson Riis, Tom Siddon, William Swartz , Pierre Elliott Trudeau, John Turner, Ray Valess, Michael Wilson
Announcer: Bob Oxley
Host: Brian Kelleher
Reporter: Jackie Melville, Jeannette Matthey
Last updated: January 17, 2014
Page consulted on May 27, 2014
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