- Imprint: Formac Publishing Company Limited
- Publication Date: 30 May 2014
- Copyright Year: 2014
- ISBN: 9781459503373
- Page Count: 312
- Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Equal as Citizens
The tumultuous and troubled history of a great Canadian idea
Enshrined in our constitution, Canadians expect equal treatment from their government. Canada's provinces have unequal means to pay for those responsibilities, as the balance of wealth shifts over time. Richard Starr traces the history of equalization & shows how it has been undermined & proposes how it can be reframed for the twenty-first century.
No matter where they live, Canadians expect and receive equal benefits from their government when it comes to old age pensions, consular services when travelling abroad, and airline safety. Canadians also expect the same quality of education, medical care, and social benefits anywhere in the country. But when government services come from provinces and not Ottawa, differences in the quality of services can be enormous. Canada's provinces have equal responsibilities but very unequal means to pay for those responsibilities.
Equal citizenship for all Canadians is an idea that has a long and distinguished pedigree in Canadian life. When differences between the provinces grew dramatically in the early twentieth century, politicians crafted a response that sought to equalize services across the country. They called these measures "equalization," and the idea was deemed so fundamental that it was embodied in the 1982 Canadian constitution.
But Canada has changed. The centre of wealth has been shifting from Ontario toward the resource-rich provinces. The wealth gap between provinces has grown -- and with it disparities in taxes and services available to citizens. Regionalism and neoconservative ideas have undermined support for equal citizenship.
In this compelling new book, Richard Starr traces the history of this idea. He tracks how it has been undermined and attacked, and proposes how it can be reframed in a twenty-first century context to attract the support of most Canadians.
About the Author
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