Canada is currently following a course of growth-forever with little regard for the welfare of our environment or our citizens. In pursuit of an ever growing economy, our present policies have led us into the reckless development and squandering of our natural resources as well as the adoption of a cheap labour policy.
These policies are not sustainable; environmentally, socially or in terms of fiscal balance.
Canada has the worst record of any industrialized nation in the areas of urbanization of farmland and carbon emissions growth. In the early ‘60s, Canada had the second highest level of income equality on the planet but has subsequently logged over four decades of the lowest productivity increases in the developed world as income inequality has increased. Now, with very high youth unemployment and the decline of the middle class, income polarization is increasing dramatically and the effects of this growth of inequality is being felt at all levels of our society.
Canada needs to change its course from the simple pursuit of endless economic growth and focus on the development of our human resources. We need to produce a more equal society with reduced numbers of working poor and a more extensive social safety net underwritten by fiscal balance.
If Canada is to overcome its social problems and become a leader in social and environmental policy we must adopt the goal of sustainability - a synonym for long-term survival. Canada must stop its obsession with the size of the economy and focus on individual Canadians and the communities in which they live.
Endless growth is a bubble producing Ponzi scheme. Canadians for a Sustainable Society recommends the stabilization of Canada's population and the reduction of consumption levels so our environmental footprint and contributions to global warming and climate change are reduced. We need to work towards long term stability, rather than mindlessly following the frontier pattern of over-exploitation. We must preserve our environmental assets and invest in our people.
A business-as-usual growth-centric economy expands until it collapses. A sustainable society establishes environmental, economic and social balance allowing its citizens and culture to prosper for the long term. Band-aid solutions simply are not enough. Structural changes must be undertaken.
Please use the resources of this website to apply your own concerns and energy to make meaningful improvements in our national policies.