The figures on charitable giving are out and, as you might expect, Quebecois show themselves to be the most tight fisted among us. I explain it on the basis that this was a society where volunteerism was not welcomed: the Church or the State did it for you. But when I hear about Quebec’s social solidarity, I snort in derision. Quebec is the least sociable; the most atomized, of Canada’s provinces. Charitable giving is the basis of collective but private action. Low chartable giving lead to low levels of private action. Hence the state steps in, and prevents the development of the habits of private giving for collective action. Read Francis Fukuyama’s Trust for further details of how this works out.
|2017 – Donors||2016 to 2017 – Donors||2017 – All Filers||2017 – Charitable donations||2016 to 2017 – Charitable donations||2017 – Median donations|
|number||change in %||%||thousands of dollars||change in %||dollars|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||73,920||-4.0||17.9||80,970||-1.0||370|
|Prince Edward Island||24,230||-1.6||21.3||33,685||5.2||440|
|New Scotland||133 130||-2.2||18.5||198,510||9.1||360|
|British Columbia||687 620||-0.2||19.0||1,758,465||18.9||460|