Welcome to the Confederation Project, MLI's signature initiative to celebrate 150 years of Confederation - and the home of the five-part Confederation Series authored by Alastair Gillespie , MLI's Munk Senior Fellow in the Canadian Political Tradition. Over the first six months of 2017, we have published chapters featuring George Brown , George-Étienne Cartier , Alexander Galt , Thomas D'Arcy McGee and John A. Macdonald . Throughout 2017, speeches and documents authored by Canada's key Fathers of Confederation, including Samuel Leonard Tilley and Charles Tupper will also be posted - so all Canadians, in this important anniversary year, can rediscover the ideas and ideals that brought Canada to life, and shaped our country's early national identity. For more about the inspiration for this project please click here for the introductory essay by Gillespie and Brian Lee Crowley.
In August 1988, the Louisiana business lobbyist and columnist Edward J. Steimel referred to the United States Congress and the liberal majority elected in 1986 in the last two years of the administration of US President Ronald W. Reagan as "the John Galt Congress". Steimel objected to an increase in the minimum wage , a measure which he said would "wreak havoc with the very individuals it is designed to help most -- new entrants into the work force and new minority workers in particular". Steimel described the public as uninformed people who merely shrug their shoulders and ask "Who is John Galt?" whenever they are questioned about the grip of expanded government on their lives and liberty.