Professor Judith Taylor recently published an op-ed in the Toronto Star titled "COVID-19 has exposed Canada as a country where our shiny well-heeled innovators take our money and fail us".
In this article, Professor Taylor argues that despite the close collaboration between the corporate and political elites, they are failing to protect Canadian lives and provide basic, humane social welfare. She asks timely questions, such as why the close corporate-political relations and high taxes do not result in the production of vaccine manufacturing in Canada. Rather than making good use of Canadians' tax dollars, Professor Taylor states that Canada's corporate-political partnership has only led to wealth accumulation among the few elites.
Professor Judith Taylor is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto and is jointly appointed in the Women and Gender Studies Institute. Her research focuses on topics such as feminist activism, neighbourhood community organizing, and social change-making within public institutions.
We've included a short excerpt of the article below. You can read the full article at the Toronto Star.
"Most of us understand close relationships among elites — heads of states and heads of corporations, for example. Depending on our social location we may think this is beneficial, or corrupt.
But in this moment we must ask why such close relations did not for example, lead to the production of vaccine manufacturing at home. We pay among the highest taxes and don’t have local production of life saving medicine we so desperately need. We have lost lives, our mental health, our incomes.
Whatever the collaboration among the corporate and the political classes, they are failing to protect and facilitate our lives and communities at a basic level."