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Canada’s Social Contract: Evidence from Public Opinion

ARTICLE by Matthew Mendelsohn

This article by Matthew Mendelsohn provides “a detailed synthesis of the last ten years of Canadian public opinion data on what Canadians think about the social contract”, specifically how Canadians are “reconciling pressures for competitiveness, innovation, efficiency, and globalization, with the traditional view of a sharing and caring Canadian identity.” Mendelsohn finds that Canadians are overwhelmingly internationalist, open to immigration and integration, and manifest a strong sentiment of social solidarity and of belonging to the Canadian state. They have, however, moved away from the traditional left by becoming more open to trade liberalization and being committed to the maintenance of a balanced budget.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Matthew Mendelsohn;
Publisher: Canadian Policy Research Networks [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2002; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Public Administration / Bureaucracy
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Subsidies
Policy Articles / Public Administration
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues
Policy Articles / Public Administration / Bureaucracy / 2002
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Inequality
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Inequality / 2002
Policy Articles / Welfare & Social Issues / Subsidies / 2002


Keywords / Tags:

liberalization; change; social contract; social solidarity; evolution; change; innovation; competitiveness; budgets;