- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; First edition (Nov. 13 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0771042132
- ISBN-13: 978-0771042133
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 31.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #859,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids: The Tragedy and Disgrace of Poverty in Canada Hardcover – Nov 13 1999
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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).<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>Many of these stories are as heart-rending as the comments from politicians and their corporate supporters are callous. <i>Pay the Rent or Feed the Kids</i> challenges all Canadians to re-examine the society we are living in and to demand changes for the better.
About the Author
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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