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A social policy framework for Alberta

2012

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Alberta is blessed with abundant lucrative natural resources. The province is uniquely positioned to lead the nation in quality of life and wellbeing. It is time to ensure that all Albertans share in the province's wealth. Albertans from across the income spectrum benefit from efforts to reduce disparity. Disparity erodes social and economic well-being for everyone across the income spectrum. Prominent national and international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Conference Board of Canada agree that pronounced inequality has a negative impact on the economy. Recent research has made clear that reduced income inequality improves the efficiency and duration of economic growth. Other research clearly shows that inequality is correlated with numerous social challenges and negatively affects the quality of life of all Albertans.

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health equality government education politics economy poverty income inequality inequality discrimination canada economic growth employment labour unemployment tax economic disparity welfare alberta gdp gender inequality gini coefficient business cycle further education society economic inequality progressive government of alberta alberta college of social workers

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