Social Policy-Making and Health Policy in Canada Question one: arguing for the existence, relevance and importance of the affordability gap in light of social policy-making Answer: Social policy-making in Canada has struggled to deal with the affordability gap and it is not clear that success is close at hand. What follows is an argument in favour of the fact that the affordability gap exists, it is relevant and it is important to the social health of Canadians. The affordability gap is the gap between the poor and the wealthy in terms of what they can afford to spend their income on. Basically, people who are poor cannot spend their money on things that ordinary Canadians take for granted: cell phones, sports equipment, eye glasses or...The end:
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