What do Canada’s growing carbon emissions, increasing public and private debt, loss of prime farmland, the Temporary Foreign Worker program, high unemployment, and growing debt and inequality all have in common? They are all direct results of a policy of rapid and never-ending growth. Canada has sacrificed the welfare of its citizens and the health of the land for the narrow interests of a small elite – the growth lobby. This lobby places the size of the commercial economy ahead of the common good.
Our government is currently focused on rapid population growth and reckless resource extraction. This is at the expense of individual per capita incomes and the health of the natural resources and social institutions upon which the health of the nation depends. It is a cheap labour, grow-at-any-cost model.
These policies are not sustainable environmentally, socially or fiscally.
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 equality. Now, with the decline of the middle class and high youth unemployment, income polarization is increasing dramatically and this growth of inequality is being felt at all levels of our society.
Canada needs to change its focus from the pursuit of simple growth to the development of our human resources. We need to produce a more equal society with declining numbers of working poor and a more extensive social safety net underwritten by fiscal balance. We need to be clear that the size of the commercial economy no longer constitutes the common or future good.
A business-as-usual, growth centric economy expands until it collapses. A sustainable society establishes environmental, economic and social balance assuring its citizens and culture prosper in the long term.
Please join our efforts to change the counterproductive course Canada is now on. Make use of this websites extensive resources to apply your own concerns and energy to bring a responsible and forward looking perspective to our national policies.
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