The Canada we know was built on the presumption of rising economic output over time. That faith has been factored into the way we live, from the social services and entitlements that are part of the furniture of our democracy to our expectations of greater opportunity for every generation that follows. What happens when the growth that sustains those programs and values subsides? In the following pages we ask not just whether we are fated to live with slower growth, but how we might adjust to living that way and, if we reassess how we define our sense of well-being, whether that shift could be a blessing.


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