When an election is called in Ontario, chances are the Progressive Conservatives will play to type and pitch a package of vaguely pro-growth policies, while the Liberals and NDP counter with egalitarian ideas that are marginally more statist. Yet all three will stand united in common consensus that whether government needs to do more or do less, the province will only have a brighter economic tomorrow so long as the government does something. However, a new study suggests the economic doldrums of Canada's largest province may actually be rooted in deep-set public pathologies that have very little to do with government and a lot to do with cultural myths.
The wrong approach to poverty reduction is to ignore the problem, letting the ideological conceit that a rising tide lifts all boats obscure the hard reality that many Canadians have no boat -- or access to anyone who has ever had a boat. The answer is automatic top-ups for those who fall beneath the poverty line.
Fed up with the double standard of aboriginal leaders who want more funds yet seem incompetent and irresponsible in their own management, many Canadian have simply shut down listening to Idle No More. How might we deal with a dismissive reaction all too instinctive to many watching this situation unfold?
The shock of the 2012 federal budget is just setting in, but the repercussions will be felt for years to come. A particularly unsettling decision was to dismantle the National Council of Welfare (NCW). What other organization has the resources to produce an annual, detailed analysis of social assistance, as well as regular reports on the root causes of poverty?