Prime Minister Stephen Harper named his new 38-member Cabinet this morning. This new Cabinet is larger and contains more women than the previous Cabinet; it also contains a younger roster of Ministers, many in their 30s or early 40s. Diane Finley, MP for Haldimand-Norfolk was named Minister for Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Read more about Diane Finley named new Minister of Human Resources
On October 27, 2008, the Growing Gap project of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) released Ready for Leadership: Canadians’ perceptions of poverty. This report, written by Trish Hennessy and Armine Yalnizyan, reflects on national polling data collected by Environics Research this fall and provides some encouraging news regarding the Canadian public's readiness for government action on poverty. Read more about Encouraging News: Canadians Support Government Action on Poverty
This week’s web feature deconstructs some of the assumptions that underlie concerns about guaranteed livable income (GLI) and work disincentive. There is another good reason for not being scared off of GLI by work disincentive though – research demonstrates that the impact is actually rather small. Read more about A Deeper Look at GLI: The evidence on work disincentives
Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak with a number of journalists about CPJ’s poverty work. Despite the short time frame, the context of each of these conversations was unique: the federal election campaign, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, and, most recently, the release of the OECD report, “Growing Unequal.” The question that comes up again and again is: why is poverty an issue in Canada? Read more about The recurrent question
Because the environment and poverty did not seem to be “ballot questions” in last week’s election, there is a risk that political parties will view that as evidence Canadians are not concerned about these big issues and will not vote for political parties on the basis of these issues. Understanding the reactions of Canadian voters to these is thus important to understanding how to address them in the future. Here's my list of suggested reasons why poverty and the environment weren't big issues in this election. Read more about Canadian voters and "big questions"
Because so few seats changed hands last week Tuesday, it is tempting to believe that this past election didn’t mean anything: that we are exactly where we were before the election took place. However, I think there were two big issues that suggest this election will have major implications for the future of Canadian politics: the low voter turnout, and the minor role given to issues like the environment and poverty in the election campaign. Read more about Election reflection: Right where we were before?
In this week’s web feature, Jordan Stellingwerff asks the question: how can we measure poverty in Canada? Reading his feature made me think more closely about the perceptions that exist about poverty in Canada. Read more about Stop the Growing Gap: the Injustice of Income Inequality in Canada
Last Friday and Saturday I was in Ancaster and Oakville for a couple of events. Here are the highlights of my trip, including Redeemer University College, John Knox Christian School in Oakville, and the Day of Encouragement in Ancaster. Read more about Highlights from Ancaster and Oakville