Economist Armine Yalnizyan reminds us that the present call for austerity is taking place amid a period of incredible wealth.
Speaking at a Students for Medicare Conference in Toronto March 31st, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative economist said this debate is taking place amid a backdrop of growing income inequality.
“We’re standing in the middle of the industrial revolution,” she said. “Global wealth is expanding exponentially. We have more access to stuff than ever before.”
Economist Armine Yalnizyan speaking at the Students for Medicare Conference March 31.
While the rich were also affected by the economic crisis of 2008, having lost on their investments, she says they have bounced back much faster than the rest of us.
There is a growing consensus among major institutions – including the Bank of Canada — that growing inequality is a major problem.
Internationally respected health researcher Dr. Gordon Guyatt and Economist Armine Yalnizyan are the featured speakers at this year’s Students For Medicare conference taking place March 31st at the Cecil St. Steelworkers Hall in Toronto.
Guyatt will be speaking about the public-private debate and what it means in today’s economic climate. Guyatt was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for his work on evidence-based medicine and its teaching. A professor at the department of clinical epidemiology and biostatistics at McMaster University, he is also an active spokesperson for the Medical Reform Group and sits as a board member of the Ontario Health Coalition.
Yalnizyan will be looking at the climate of fiscal restraint and its impact on health care. Yalnizyan joined the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in 2008 and is a regular panelist on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange. She is also one of the most read contributors to the Globe and Mail’s Economy Lab and is a founding member of the Progressive Economics Forum.
Participants can also take their choice of several small group sessions on emerging issues in Canada’s health care.
The conference runs from 10 am to 2:30 pm and includes lunch.
Registration begins at 9:30 am.
While the conference is free, you should register in advance by clicking here.