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The State is an entity expected to provide its citizens with protection, order, and stability.

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  • Essay length: 1430 words
  • Submitted: 19/06/2006
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University Degree UK Government & Parliamentary Studies

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Does it provide protection? Does it maintain stability? Does it prevent chaos? Does the state honestly fulfill its role? The State is an entity expected to provide its citizens with protection, order, and stability. It is the backbone of society; a source of both stability and strength. Individuals agree, "we judge a society by how we treat our elderly, needy, and sick" (Doerksen, 1). Based on this statement, the Canadian State is not living up to society's expectations. In Canada "social policies are being redesigned to diminish their impact on provincial and federal budgets" (Harder, 176). Recent welfare cuts confirm the notion that the government can no longer satisfy the roles and responsibilities towards the state. These social program cuts have revealed the government's failure to suitably perform its duties of protection, stability and order.

Protection is the primary function of the state. This remains ignored by the recent modifications to the welfare scheme. Lipson claims that state protection is a reflection of the citizens "desire for security of life and limb" (43); a force, which citizens can believe will safeguard and defend them. Presently, the state fails to protect the basic needs of its people. The

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