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Maureen Baker

Professor of Social Work at McGill University, Montreal Canada. She was a visiting scholar at the Social Policy Research Centre from August to December 1996.


Although many governments have used the ideology of economic rationalism to justify restructuring the welfare state, dismantling Canadian social programs has been motivated by far more than concern about high public debt. Federal/provincial politics and especially the fear that the Quebec separatist movement will shatter the Canadian federation have been primary motives in federal reform.

from her essay "The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy"