Lecture 2: post modern ontario and the laurentian thesis: Ontario was based on premise that everyone else could speak ill of ontario while ontario bankrolled the country. Ontario prosperity used to be based on high tariffs and ample resources shaken with oil and energy shocks of 1970s. end of 1980s, bottom began falling out. happened because: Free trade agreement with us showed that canada could not assume its place in canada or the world. Federal gvmt changed the rules on cost sharing to the disadvantage of ontario. Ottawa also imposed high interest rat policy and introduced cutbacks just at the moment of great vulnerability for ontario. Ontario was viewed as place that has done best in canada least alienated etc. 3: mgmt of big layers of economic stability have been carried out with ontario economy in mind. 5. would rather block federal or sister province intiaties contrary to ontarios interests than acquire greter provincial powers to pursure interests autonomously.