My interest in writing this paper was to combine my understanding of Canadian law and its economic systems to discuss unsustainable practices in current government policies and develop suggestions for future improvements. I submit that my previous exposure to Marxist perspectives regarding income inequality directed my inquiries towards more left-leaning ideologies; however, I have come to accept that the promotion of healthy marketplaces can achieve a sustainable future for Canada and its provinces. Over the last decade I have been attracted to a variety of topics of academic research including, financial engineering and portfolio development, Canadian education policies, and foreign investment procedures.
Canada Needs a Universal Right to a Minimum Income
Table of Contents
Historical Development of Public-Assistance Programs______________________________
The Scope of the Definition of Poverty____________________________________________
Poverty and Negative Social Implications_________________________________________
Is Financial Security a Part of Human Dignity?____________________________________
The Economics of Poverty: It’s Just Not Working…_________________________________
Canadian Trends: Even A Dual-Income Household Doesn’t Preclude Poverty______
Canadian Welfare: The Last Door to Knock on_____________________________________
A Framework for Forwarding Progress____________________________________________
A Case for Human Rights Discrimination__________________________________________
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You might be asking why, and here’s the long answer… The really long answer.
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