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    Should recent arrivals qualify for Old Age Security?

    September 1, 2011
    I find it hard to distinguish why we should impose residency requirements on Old Age Security but not other public benefits or public spending. Why restrict Old Age Security to long-term residents but not public health insurance? … as the short twenty-year span of contributory Old Age Security taxes fades from fiscal memory, the argument for excluding short-term residents from the benefits received by other Canadian seniors will become harder to make.

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    Why CPP hikes are a bad idea

    February 6, 2011
    The earliest contributors to the CPP made out wonderfully… But the return on one’s CPP taxes become meagre the later one is born. It’s why it resembles a social program and not a true pension plan… The low contribution rates for the pre-baby boom generation had everything to do with demographics. Over the decades, successive governments kept retirement contributions artificially low… The 1997 reforms were meant to address both the unfunded liability in the CPP and partially address the generational imbalance.

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    Individual responsibility and the welfare state

    January 22, 2011
    In Canada in the 1960s and 1970s, when social programs became a defining feature of national identity, as well as a weapon against Quebec separatism, there was much discussion, even in the Progressive Conservative Party, of guaranteed annual incomes, effectively paying salaries to citizens whether they are employed or productive or not. In the United States, more arithmetically sober heads prevailed… , but Europe now faces the problem, with aging and problems attracting assimilable immigration, of only 30-some percent of the population working while everyone else draws benefits of some kind.

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    Let’s refocus on a guaranteed annual income

    Jan. 20, 2011
    Mr. Croll’s description of the situation Canada faced in the 1970s still echoes: “If the social welfare business of Canada had been in the private sector, it would have long ago been declared bankrupt. The reasons are not hard to find. Resistance to change, a stubborn refusal to modernize its thinking, a failure to understand the root causes of poverty, inadequate research and the bureaucracy digging in to preserve itself and the status quo, are some of the basic causes of the dilemma in which we find ourselves today.”

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    How six months can change a party

    Sep 12 2010
    … two presentations were based on a key philosophical point — the need to move from “negative” liberty, or the absence of constraints, to “positive” liberty where opportunities are accessible to all… The relevance of the Kingston conference is this: In 1960, like today, the conventional wisdom is that governments defeat themselves. Opposition is enough. But the reformers argued instead that a positive plan had to complement the negative parliamentary attack. Liberals had to think as well as react. And such thinking had to be informed by a coherent philosophy and a clear narrative.

  • What really caused Canada’s ‘fearful’ evolution [welfare statism]

    NationalPost.com – Opinion/fullcomment – What really caused Canada’s ‘fearful’ evolution
    Posted: October 05, 2009.   Gérard Bélanger, Jean-Luc Migué

  • New CCPA video about Canadas growing gap [August ’09]

    CCPAnews.ca – nationalnewswire – New CCPA video about Canadas growing gap
    August 5, 2009

    Dear Friends and Members,

    Over the past two years the CCPA has released numerous reports about the growing gap between the rich and the rest of us. Now we are pleased to launch a video that draws on these reports to tell the story of Canada’s income gap.

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  • `Poorhouse’ dates to 1848

    TheStar.com – Opinion/letter – `Poorhouse’ dates to 1848
    January 10, 2009

    Re: When `poorhouse’ wasn’t only an expression, Jan. 3

    I’m not sure the 1877 Wellington County Museum and Archives structure is the “oldest surviving example of a poorhouse in Canada.” Toronto has a House of Industry at 87 Elm St. designed by architect William Thomas and built in 1848. It was enlarged in 1858 and 1899 (by architects Joseph Sheard and E.J. Lennox respectively).

  • When ‘poorhouse’ wasn’t only an expression

    TheStar.com – Ideas – When ‘poorhouse’ wasn’t only an expression: A local museum preserves in harrowing detail the stories of a forgotten institution
    January 03, 2009. Tracey Tyler, LEGAL AFFAIRS REPORTER

    Deserted by her husband, she begged for shelter then lay down on the street. Surrounded by a crowd of boys, it was where she gave birth to her third child.

    Three days later, Mrs. Wellesley Knowles, clutching her newborn baby, climbed 24 steps to the front door of an imposing limestone building. Etched above the entrance were the words “County Poor House.”