Apparently most people there without the steady means to feed themselves or to heat their homes do not regard themselves as poor. At the same time they suspect that those people in their midst that really are poor remain so because they are somehow spendthrift or feckless. Yet when researchers attempt to find out who these other poor people are, through questioning, they have so far been unable to obtain their names.
This bit of research news makes me wonder, not whether there are poor Canadians—I know there are—but about how they view themselves and what they think makes people like themselves poor. The radio programme hints that our usual remedy, the one about getting people into jobs, any jobs, with the uncritical expectation that this will make them better off in time should be re-examined. At least in the northeast of England when people take on temporary work they incur expenses that can actually set them back.
What have you seen? Have you encountered any Canadian research studies in this general area?