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Pension Fund Capitalism and the Covid-19 Pandemic in Canada: A Socialist Perspective
The devastating social and economic impacts of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Canada have been felt widely. But the key statistic of the death rate has been heavily concentrated: over 80% of the deaths from Covid-19 have taken place in Long-Term Care of various types.

How did Long-Term Care – a vital component of the health care system – become so privatized, within a system that is so widely and proudly viewed as public?

This talk will examine the class politics of pension fund investment into for-profit Long-Term Care as a disturbing example of the commodification of social reproduction.

Kevin Skerrett is currently serving as a Fall 2020 Visiting Professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. He was a co-editor of the Cornell University Press volume The Contradictions of Pension Fund Capitalism (2018). He is on leave from his work as a Senior Research Officer assigned to pensions at CUPE, the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

Organizer: Institute of Political Economy, MA in Political Economy and Diploma in Work and Labour.

Nov 18, 2020 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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