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By James J. Rice

No one is content material with the country of healthiness and social courses in Canada this day. the suitable thinks that there's an excessive amount of govt involvement, and the Left thinks there's not adequate. In Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy James Rice and Michael Prince music the historical past of the welfare country from its institution within the Nineteen Forties, via its improvement within the mid Seventies, to the interval of deficit difficulty and discretion that within the past due Nineteen Seventies and 1980s.

Taking a old standpoint, the authors grapple with the politics of social coverage within the Nineties. Globalization and the concomitant company mobility impact government's skill to control the distribution of wealth, whereas the expanding range of the inhabitants places more and more complicated calls for on an already overstressed method.

Yet within the face of those constraints, the process nonetheless endures and is way from inappropriate. a few social courses were dismantled, however the govt has equipped and maintained others. larger democratization of welfare courses and social coverage organisations can make the approach thrive back. Changing Politics offers the much-needed basis for college kids and coverage makers whereas additionally presenting actual options for the future.

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Problem-solving social interventions used by one nation are soon on the political agendas of another. Positive and negative events travel at the same splitsecond pace. Remote famines and wars are part of the regular six o'clock news as the CBC, BBC, and CNN provide worldwide coverage of every conceivable topic, twenty-four hours a day. People are con- 20 Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy nected in an ever-tightening communications web, and are able to communicate more often and far more quickly than ever before.

What may be relatively new is the pace of change in the Canadian mosaic's design and composition. What remains an important insight in Porter's work is the connection between race and ethnicity on the one hand, and class and power on the other; he carefully documented the vertical or hierarchical relation between Canada's many cultural groups. Another legacy from his work is the insightful reminder that Canadian society is not just pluralistic but is also stratified into groups with unequal power and status.

In 1880 the ministerial position of Superintendent General of Indian Affairs was established. The federal Department of Labour was formed in 1900, A small number of new federal social ministries were created at or near the end of the First World War, specifically the Departments of Immigration and Colonialization in 1917, Soldiers Civil Re-establishment in 1918, and Early Developments 43 Health in 1919. The latter two marked relatively new fields of activity for the federal government (Hodgetts 1973), though the Department of Health did bring together health services from a number of other federal departments, along with the Dominion Council of Health, which was formed at the same time.

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