Author(s): Mara Fridell, Ian Hudson, Mark Hudson, Eduardo Regier
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Loxley et al. argued that Community Economic Development (CED) could function as an alternative economic framework which, instead of the strict focus on growth through profit maximization seen in liberal capitalism, might generate a balance between economic, social, environmental, and community well-being. Loxley and Simpson positioned the NDP government in power in Manitoba from 1999 to 2016 as a leader in terms of CED policy within Canada, providing an alternative to the neoliberal modes of addressing social and economic problems that have been adopted by most other provinces (with the exception of Quebec). They suggested that in contrast to the prevailing neoliberalizing winds, “social democratic governments (in Quebec and Manitoba) have been important promoters of CED/Social Economy”. Although the NDP government has, in many ways, been supportive of CED, the opinion of CED practitioners on their relationship with the provincial government, and the specific policy tools that impact CED, have not yet been investigated. This report is an attempt to investigate how CED practitioners experienced their relationship with the Provincial NDP government.

Grant: Partnering for Change: Community-Based Solutions for Aboriginal and Inner-City Poverty - 2012-2019
Category: Community Economic Development