My friends at the Institute of Marriage and the Family Canada have a report on the Quebec Nanny state and the state of Quebec families. The news is not very good. Very few people in Quebec seem ready to accept that these things are a problem.
Quebec 'welfare state' unsustainable: Report
By Brian Daly, QMI Agency
MONTREAL - Quebec could be headed for financial disaster because of low fertility, high taxes and an "eye-popping" debt-to-GDP ratio that's the fifth highest in the world, says a new study.
The Ottawa-based Institute of Marriage and Family Canada says massive transfer payments pouring into Quebec from the rest of Canada might be the only thing keeping the "ambitious Quebec welfare state" from collapsing.
"There are real reasons to be concerned about the sustainability of family programs as they currently run in Quebec," read a study released by the institute on Monday.
"As high as taxes are in Quebec, they would likely be even higher if not for the large transfer payments that province receives annually from the Government of Canada."
The 28-page report, titled "A Quebec family portrait," also suggests the preponderance of single-parent and common-law households will be less equipped to handle the possible dismantling of big government in La Belle Province.