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Chapter Three: Shaping the Framework 1927-1939

But political freedom is largely nullified unless we have our economic freedom . . . Free competition is all very well when the competitors have something like equal economic resources. Otherwise, the big interests have an overwhelming advantage and competition has in effect ceased to exist.

One British Columbia fruit grower summed up the situation when, discussing the Marketing Act under which he was forced to sell through one agency, he exclaimed, "I am not worrying about the loss of my liberty. What I've been worrying about is the loss of my apples!" [from a radio speech by J.S. Woodsworth, 1935 Election].

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