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LETTER: Corporations are like 15th-century feudalism

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To the editor,

In today’s world it has become increasingly difficult to hold corporate power to account for their bad behaviours. Surrounded by armies of lawyers, they can deflect or threaten crippling legal action to prevent any individual or government from successfully holding them to account for their actions and, in fact, some governments are willing partners in their shenanigans.

Two such gigantic corporate examples are pharmaceutical and oil and gas. These corporations make billions of dollars and their net worth is more than three-quarters of the nations on earth. Their actions to maintain these profits go largely unchecked. We know that what needs to happen to ensure fair and democratic behaviour is for the management and shareholders in these corporation be made personally responsible for their collective corporate behaviours.

The chances of that happening are indeed quite slim.

We obviously need governments who will stand up to corporate power on behalf of ordinary people. Democracy itself is at risk from the gauging tactics of the most undemocratic organizations.

Some corporate giants in today’s world are more like the feudal barons of the 15th century in the wielding of their power. We need to elect governments who will stand up to corporate power, not those who will facilitate their power grab.

Wes Morden,

Blackpool, B.C.

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