Canada’s most persistent blight is arguably the poverty of the First Nations. A world-class disgrace, people as diverse as the Pope and Nelson Mandela have indicted it.
An important new paper points the way to the resolution of an historic blight on Canadian society – the social and economic health of our First Nations population. Aboriginals as a distinct group have not fully participated in the wider prosperity of the country whose First Citizens they compose.
In the mix of elements that might generate recovery in Winnipeg’s troubled core, a necessary, if not sufficient condition is effective policing.
Our 2002 Tax Load Index expands this year to include B.C., Ontario and two neighbouring U.S. states, North Dakota and Minnesota.
In 2000, Winnipeg had the fourth highest level of police strength of Canadian cities, at 176 officers per 100,000 population, a reduction of six from 1999’s proportion.
In a few years, the runaway train of ever-increasing healthcare spending will slam many provinces into a “wall”. At that point, the mindset that leads us to run our health-care system and other important public services like the old post office may finally become another intellectual relic.
Although the inner city is intimately involved with the public sector, this fact may inhibit the ability of its residents to lead dynamic, self-directed lives.
A conference hears evidence that equalization allows the receiving provinces to not focus on the basics of good public policy like creating an attractive tax and regulatory environment.
A special joint publication of the Frontier Centre, AIMS and the Montreal Institute