What it really means to live in the age of austerity

August 16, 2013

According to Dr. Alex Himelfarb, Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs at York University, the political arguments in favour of budget austerity, reduced public spending and lower taxes are nothing more than “ideology masquerading as fiscal common sense.”

A member of the federal public service from 1981 to 2006, Alex Himelfarb held a number of positions of increasing responsibility and was appointed Clerk of the Privy Council in 2002.

Dr. Himelfarb’s blog post on the price of austerity is available for consultation in both English and French. His presentation on this same subject to the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association’s 2013 Learning Symposium is also eye-opening. Dr. Himelfarb defends the role of government and deplores the unreasonable burden the austerity measures adopted by western countries, including Canada, have placed on the most vulnerable segments of society.