Publications, opinions, and speeches
Does Canada Need Ottawa?
Published on 01/06/1996
Does Canada Need Ottawa? urges the federal government to resume its traditional role as leader of the country. In recent years, Ottawa appears to have lost sight of its role and purpose as a national government. In the past, it had actively promoted economic and social well-being by establishing a national framework for income programs and human services.
The federal government has been invited by the provinces to resume a leadership role in the income security field. The provinces have put forward three major proposals for income security reform – a national child benefit, a national program of income support for persons with disabilities and the possible integration of income support for working-age adults. Federal delivery of income security programs would ensure the presence of national standards – equity, portability and adequacy – and would avoid the current interprovincial competition to drive down welfare benefits.
ISBN – 1-895796-55-5