Poverty in Canada - A Christian Perspective

Publisher:  Anglican Task Force on the Economy (A.M.C. Waterman), Toronto, Canada
Year Published:  1978  
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX836

The book is an editorial revision of the final report of the Anglican Church Task Force on the economy presented to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in July 1977. Its purpose was to attempt an adequate diagnosis of the causes of poverty in Canada and to provide a comprehensive review of the possibilities available to us for the elimination of poverty and social injustice in Canada.

Abstract:  The book is an editorial revision of the final report of the Anglican Church Task Force on the economy presented to the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada in July 1977. Its purpose was to attempt an adequate diagnosis of the causes of poverty in Canada and to provide a comprehensive review of the possibilities available to us for the elimination of poverty and social injustice in Canada. It begins with definitions of poverty and social injustice and makes some theological, economic and political assumptions.
Recognizing the universality of poverty and social injustice and making a case for focusing on Canada, the report continues in Chapter Two to discuss the nature and distribution of poverty in Canada and its causes. "The fundamental cause of poverty is unequal ownership (or control) of the productive resources". Chapter three looks at some possibilities for eliminating poverty and social injustice by applying a three-fold classification of remedies: first aid, surgery and therapy.
Recognizing that what is already being done in Canada is a miscellaneous collection of "first aid" remedies, the report goes on to discuss the question "Can we afford to eliminate poverty in terms of cost to the net donor, cost to society as a whole in terms of goods and services foregone, and to society as a whole in terms of intangible losses affecting the quality of life. As to where we go from here the final chapter suggests six topics "for special study by concerned and qualified members of our church".

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