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Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids:
The Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada

Canadian politicians have, from time to time, proclaimed a war against poverty. What they are really prosecuting, however, is a war against the poor. Unemployment benefits are routinely denied to people who, over the course of a lifetime, have contributed a portion of their earnings to UI (now called EI).

Welfare rolls have been slashed by provincial governments. The downloading of government services combined with tax cuts that benefit the rich result in the reduction or elimination of countless programs, from hot lunches in the schools to subsidized housing. Politicians and bureaucrats respond by inventing new definitions of poverty but people without food remain just as hungry and people without shelter are still without homes as before.
Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids

At no time since the Great Depression has the gap between rich and poor been so wide and the outlook for poor people been so grim. Hard-hitting and outspoken, Hurtig builds a compelling portrait of Canadian society under the rule of the "neo-Neanderthals." He puts together the latest and most reliable statistics with stories told by people on the front lines of the poverty wars.
Many of these stories are as heart-rending as the comments from politicians and their corporate supporters are callous. Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids challenges all Canadians to re-examine the society we are living in and to demand changes for the better.

Written by Mel Hurtig. Published by McClelland & Stewart, 1999.

Catalogue No. 0-7710-4214-0
Price $22.99
Format Softcover
Pages 357
Language English only
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Last modified: August 21, 2003

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