Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State: From Entitlement to Charity

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University of Alberta, 2006 - History - 111 pages
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In 2005, 1.2 million children in Canada were living below the poverty level. This represents a 20 percent increase since 1989, the year that the federal government unanimously passed a resolution to eliminate child poverty by 2000. To understand the state of children’s welfare, Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State reviews Canadian social policy reform, and discovers that the welfare of poor children is a casualty of the war on the welfare state launched by opposing political ideologies. This study surveys the shift from entitlement to charity from the perspective of social policy reform.
 

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Contents

The Problem of Child Poverty in Canada
1
The Canadian Welfare State and the Growth of Entitlement
19
The Residual State and the Mobilization of Charity
41
Child Poverty and Changing Federal Policy
55
Social Policy Reform and the Normalization of Child Poverty
85
Notes
91
Bibliography
101
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Shereen Ismael is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University.

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