Community Self-Reliance
A Canadian Vision of Economic Justice

Publisher:  GATT-Fly, Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1987  
Pages:  76pp  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX3289

Abstract:  GATT-fly believes that "the root cause of poverty and unemployment is the undemocratic nature of our economies", which, in Canada as in the Third World, means control over the economy by transnational corporations and a powerful few at home. It argues for a strategy of economic self-reliance, whose basic elements would be that Canadians produce the essential goods and services they need; that those of now receive average or below average incomes (the vast majority) receive enough income to purchase the goods and services they need; and that foreign trade would be a planned extension of production and trade at home. Bringing about such self-reliance is seen as a political problem which requires popular education and action initiatives. Chapters examine what an approach of self-reliance would mean in the area of employment and incomes policy, what it would mean for Canadian industry, how foreign indebtedness could be handled, what impact it would have on ownership patterns and international relations, what it would mean for technological innovation.