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Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids: The Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada [Hardcover]

Mel Hurtig
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Nov. 13 1999
Canadian politicians have, from time to time, proclaimed a war against poverty. What they are really prosecuting, however, is a war against the poor. Unemployment benefits are routinely denied to people who, over the course of a lifetime, have contributed a portion of their earnings to UI (now called EI).

Welfare rolls have been slashed by provincial governments. The downloading of government services combined with tax cuts that benefit the rich have resulted in the reduction or elimination of countless programs, from hot lunches in the schools to subsidized housing. Politicians and bureaucrats have responded by inventing new definitions of poverty but people without food remain just as hungry as before and people without shelter are still without homes.

At no time since the Great Depression has the gap between rich and poor been so wide and the outlook for poor people been so grim. Hard-hitting and outspoken, Hurtig builds a compelling portrait of Canadian society under the rule of the “neo-Neanderthals.” He puts together the latest and most reliable statistics with stories told by people on the front lines of the poverty wars.

Many of these stories are as heart-rending as the comments from politicians and their corporate supporters are callous. Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids challenges all Canadians to re-examine the society we are living in and to demand changes for the better.

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Founder and past-president of the Council of Canadians and former chairman of the Committee for an Independent Canada, Mel Hurtig is an officer of the Order of Canada and has honorary degrees from six universities. He is the author of a number of bestselling books including The Vanishing Country, The Betrayal of Canada, Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids, and a memoir, At Twilight in the Country.

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By Matt
Format:Hardcover
Mel Hurtig lays savagely into those who are permitting such disgraceful proportions of our poulation to continue to live in poverty and despair. He mercilessly strips through the received wisdom of (neo-)Liberal Party propaganda to reveal to what extent their turnarounds on the promises that got them elected have really and materially injured the Canadian populace. He shows us a face of poverty we don't usually get to see. This book left me furious. Please read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Deception Aug. 21 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Hurtig shows us, through his careful research and statistics that Canadian politicians are the puppeteers who "pull the strings" to create (and maintain) poverty and inequality among the most marginalized individuals in Canadian society while fostering and maintaining the interests of "big business".
This book is a real 'eye opener' and ought to be read by all of us!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Jan. 22 2012
By Becky
Format:Hardcover
The book came in perfect condition and even quicker than I had expected (which was very surprising as it was order in the midst of the busy holiday season). I was very impressed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Furious indictment of the betrayal of the Canadian poor. April 11 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Mel Hurtig lays savagely into those who are permitting such disgraceful proportions of our poulation to continue to live in poverty and despair. He mercilessly strips through the received wisdom of (neo-)Liberal Party propaganda to reveal to what extent their turnarounds on the promises that got them elected have really and materially injured the Canadian populace. He shows us a face of poverty we don't usually get to see. This book left me furious. Please read it.
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