Sunday, March 15, 2009

MSM take note: Harper is not an Economist

Harper has but a Masters degree in economics and no body of professional work. No one would ever think to call every Tom Dick and Harry an economist simply by virtue of the fact that they have an MA in the subject, but in the Prime Minister's case the media make an exception. Now maybe it because the Republicans have tried to make educated and conservative an oxymoran and so the media feel the need to acknowledge him as being a rare duck, but still the lack of educated conservatives does not magically transform the most educated of them into experts. When stacked up against Irwin Colter, Stephen Dion, Michael Ignatieff and John McCallum Stephen Harper is academic pip squeak and there is no cause to treat him as having anywhere near the academic credentials as they do. It is particularly asinine to talk about the Prime Minister being an economist and not pay the same homage to John McCallum. McCallum has a PhD, has taught at various universities and was the chief economist for the Royal Bank.


Dante said...

Interesting about John McCallum.
I seem to remember a reference that he only had a masters degree while he was working for RBC.

The bank does however do a thorough back-ground check.

Did you?

WesternGrit said...

Regardless Dante, McCallum's credentials are much, much better than Harper's on the economics front...

Good post Maple.

Koby said...

Welcome to the age of google Dante.

"Before entering politics, Mr. McCallum was senior vice-president and chief economist of the Royal Bank of Canada between 1994 and 2000. Prior to that he worked as a professor of economics at McGill University (1987-94), Université du Québec à Montréal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78). Prior to joining the Royal Bank, he was dean of the faculty of arts at McGill University .

A native of Montreal, Mr. McCallum obtained a bachelor of arts from Cambridge University, a diplôme d'études supérieures from Université de Paris and a DOCTORATE in economics from McGill University."

Anonymous said...

johnny was moved out of RBC because his battle with the bottle...they funded his camp. but at Harper is pulling all the strings now . Who needs a phd?