How Canada Is Failing its Citizens

By Dennis Raphae, Morris Komakech, Ryan Torrence and Toba Bryant

In developed nations such as Canada, citizens might assume that governing authorities legitimately and competently act to provide them with economic and social security.

Citizens provide information to government officials on the adverse effects of the inequitable distribution of income and services with the expectation that they will respond. To name just one example, poverty researchers and food security advocates detail the extent of poverty and hunger respectively in Canada and its adverse health effects, hoping for positive policy responses from governing authorities.

Yet growing income inequality among Canadians and the scaling-back of programs that benefit many of them challenge this assumption. Instead, governments are enacting public policies that primarily benefit economic elites. Our research raises serious questions about government legitimacy and competency due to these issues, and how the dereliction has significant impacts on the health

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