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Brock University
Political Science
Charles Conteh

Monday November 11 , 2013th Poli 2P99: Family policy in Canada Exam: - Everything up to family policy will be on the exam - Policy evaluation - How we define society - What it means to be Canadian - Different models – neo-classical - Canada and the world - Policy implications - Drawing from various concepts, international relations - Why do we study public policy in Canada - About history, and politics – key properties - Drawing from theory and philosophy – public policy intervention - Kinds of inequality - Solving social problems - How different frameworks interact - Seminar readings – lecture notes and textbook (A + answer) Slide 1: Introduction - changing definitions of the Canadian family: structure & composition - normative clashes in the visions of the Canadian family - should the state be able to determine what constitutes a “normal family”? Slide 2: Some Stats - about 25 % of Canadian children live in households with incomes under $30,000 per year - over 15% of Canadian children live in a lone-parent families (roughtly 90% of which are headed by mothers) - about 10% of children live in step-families Slide 3: Understanding Family Policy - does Canada have a family policy? - Family policy lacks an institutional ‘home’ in Canada - It is a loose assemblage of policies addressing: social welfare; social services (like day care); income tax regulations, family law, custody rights etc). - In comparison to European countries, Canada has a very weak tradition of supporting children and families - With the exception of Quebec, governments in Canada have left the task of raising children to individual parents and families - Successive provincial and federal governments have been loathe to enact public policies and programs that infringe on the privacy rights of individuals or families, or to curtail what is viewed as the parents’ responsible to their children - In short, Canada has a “privacy-oriented” model of family policy Slide 4: Institutionalism as a theoretical lens for understanding family policy in Canada - canada’s relatively fragmented family policy infrastructure has been attributed to the following: a. weakness of the feminist movement in this country b. the absence of a coherent party policy on the national stage - most political party platforms shy away from highly charged personal issues like marriage and parental responsibilities
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