The Let-Them-Eat-Cake Law
Sherri Torjman, May 1995

The Let-Them-Eat-Cake Law contends that low- and modest-income households will bear the direct cost of losing the Canada Assistance Plan (CAP) when it is replaced by the Canada Health and Social Transfer.  CAP shared the cost of a wide range of social services which most high-income Canadians pay for on their own.  The paper describes the various social services – such as child care; child welfare; counselling; homemaker, attendant and respite services; and shelters for abused women and children – that are at risk because of the withdrawal of the federal legislative base that shared the cost of these services.

ISBN - 1-895796-36-9

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