C. Need for Rationalization of Income Support Systems

Author:Julien D. Payne - Marilyn A. Payne

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Sooner or later, the state must take steps to rationalize the diverse systems of income security in Canada. If every dollar in spousal and child support is set off against public assistance benefits or earned income, custodial parents and their children are no further ahead. What is needed is a rationalization of the laws governing the relationship between diverse sources of income, be it earned income, support payments, state subsidies, or any combination of these.

Although today’s family law problem may be one of spousal and child support, tomorrow’s will be the problem of elderly and infirm family members. People are living longer. Canada’s population is growing older. Today’s children will have to carry the tax burden for tomorrow’s elderly. One...

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