OTTAWA, June 1 (LSN) – The 1998 Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, released last week, indicates the grim consequences Canada faces for its anti-life, anti-family policies at home and abroad. One section of the report, Population Aging and Information for Parliament: Understanding the Choices, details economic implications of Canada’s dismal demographic situation, especially how the country will soon face grave difficulties caring for a disproportionately large number of senior citizens. “Unless our productivity somehow increases significantly or patterns of work and retirement change substantially, the current demographic trends suggest that the growth in the economy and the associated growth in government revenues will tail off in the coming decades,” says the report. The report also argues that “government spending in these two areas [social security and Medicare] will grow considerably faster than GDP in the coming decades, even with fairly conservative assumptions concerning future increases in health costs.” The net result would seem to be dramatic economic decline. Pro-lifers would argue the obvious solution to the problem is for Canadians to reject the culture of death and to protect and promote the family. Because of its ideological commitments, however, the government is limiting itself to measures which will only delay the inevitable. Moreover, a lot of what the government is planning, such as a reform of the Canada Pension Plan, depends on forecasts of increased productivity. In a climate where people are being asked to work more for less pay, however, such an assumption seems quite unrealistic.