Monopolies Killed My Hometown Podcast
“Monopolies Killed My Hometown” (MKHT), produced by CAMP co-founder Andrew Cameron, is a project dedicated to examining the effects of changes in Canada’s Competition Policy and laws during the 1980s. This initiative emphasizes the significant impact these changes had on small towns, businesses, and the broader Canadian society. It aims to reignite an anti-monopoly sentiment, distinct from being anti-business, to redistribute power from large corporations to small businesses and local communities.
Under Cameron’s guidance, MKHT explores the decline of small communities, once vibrant and unique, but now often homogeneous and spiritless due to corporate consolidation. This trend, which escalated in 2020, left many entrepreneurs in smaller towns struggling to keep up.
MKHT not only reflects on the past to understand how previous generations combatted monopolistic practices but also seeks to apply these lessons to the present. Its goal is to foster a fairer, more equal, and inclusive future, reviving the diverse character of small towns. By leveraging historical insights and tools like the Combines Investigation Act and modern Competition Policy, Cameron’s MKHT is a rallying cry for those who believe in the power and potential of small towns and local businesses.