Critical Education Volume 4 Number 2 Race, Inequality, and Fear of the "Other" in Common Sense Revolution Reforms

Laura Pinto
2013 unpublished
Citation: Pinto, L. E. (2013). Race, inequality and fear of the "Other" in Common Sense Revolution reforms. Critical Education, 4(2). Retrieved [date] from Abstract During the 1990s, Ontario experienced significant social policy reform under the Progressive-Conservative government's controversial, but straightforward, platform called the Common Sense Revolution (CSR), promising to solve Ontario's economic problems with lower taxes, smaller government and pro-business policies intended to create
more » ... jobs. The ideological framing led to policy direction that dismantled existing provincial policies and institutions designed to promote equity. This paper begins by providing evidence to support how the CSR functioned as racist across a broad swath of policy areas, through ideology and coded language, structure and program cuts, and processes. Based on interviews with sixteen policy actors, the paper reveals how the provincial curriculum policy formulation process overtly overlooked and dismantled anti-racism and social justice in curriculum policy in ways that reinforce the architecture of white supremacy through colour-blindness and distribution of property.