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

Document type Article
Author Little, Margaret
Journal Studies in Political Economy
Volume 66
Date 2001
Pages 9-36


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.