I wonder if the recent rise in the "trust gap" might have anything to do with the perception that governments are outrageously inefficient stewards of citizens' money?
The poor will always be with you, remarked a certain carpenter from Nazareth about two millennia ago, and whose life is remembered this time of year and at Christmas. That statement has long been truethe reasons for poverty are legion, and thus an absolute end to poverty is likely beyond the grasp of imperfect human beings. But that doesnt mean most poverty cannot be reduced nor its pernicious effects alleviated.
In fact, tremendous progress has been made in reducing poverty worldwide, including in the past two hundred years in particular.
Last week, the trials of Rashel Ebrahim, a single mother who arrived in Canada from Iran as a refugee in 1997, made national headlines. A front page Globe and Mail profile described the discrimination she had suffered, not under the harsh Islamic regime that she fled, but under the unjust policies of Human Resources Development Canada.