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The Emergence of Social Security in Canada


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Figures and TablesPrefaceAcknowledgments1 The Emergence of Social Security in Canada: Major Themes2 The Colonial Inheritance3 Saving for a Rainy Day: Social Security in Late-Nineteenth-Century and Early-Twentieth-Century Canada4 The First Stage of the Modern Era: Workers' Compensation in Ontario5 The Social Impact of the First World War6 The 1920s: No Priorities for Welfare7 The Depression Decade: Cracking the Residual Mould8 The Second World War: Catalyst for Social Security Advances9 The 1950s: "Our Conservative Decade"10 The 1960s: Filling the Gaps11 Stemming a Residual Tide12 Unfinished Business: The Social Security Review of 1973 to 197613 Social Security in the 1980s14 A Sombre Anniversary15 Debating the Future of Social SecurtyAppendicesNotesBibliographyIndex

About the Author

Dennis Guest, now retired, was for many years a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia.


Should be mandatory reading for those interested in social policy. * Canadian Public Administration *
Although Canada spends 12 per cent of its Gross National Product on health and social welfare, this book represents our first historical overview of how this came about. For that reason alone it is a very welcome contribution. The author traces the evolution of responses to poverty from pre-Confederation poor relief to the failed attempt to develop a guaranteed annual income in the 1970's. Although his narrative is comprehensive and coherent, the system he describes is not. -- James E. Struthers * The Canadian Historical Review *
Indispensable as background ... a proficient and superb chronicle. * Canada Public Policy *

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