A Litmus Test for Democracy: The Impact of Ontario Welfare Changes on Single Mothers

Margaret Little

Abstract


One of the real litmus tests for the state of our democracy is to examine how we treat the most marginalized. An increasingly demonized and marginalized group in Canadian society is poor single mothers. This article will study the changes to Ontario welfare policy since the election of Premier Mike Harris and the Progressive Conservatives in 1995.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552