Program cuts and tax reductions for corporations and the wealthy have had a huge, disproportionate impact on the poor, working poor, underemployed, and those with health problems including mental illness.
It's hard to say who is the meanest -- Harper or Flaherty.
The massive austerity program translates into less income, decreased services, and reduced health care for many of Canada's most vulnerable people. It appears that more than 3.5-million Canadians - mainly the poor, the unemployed/underemployed and the under-privileged - are struggling.
|Independent economists argued that the austerity program|
was not achieving its stated goal of preparing the country
for an economic recovery, but Jim Flaherty refused to budge