cost: That article adds Protests have also centred on a lack of access to quality health care and education and inadequacies in the pension system, compounded by a rising cost of living, according to Rabble. Protesters have also taken up issues including the rising cost of electricity and the price of Chile's privatized water. For minimum wage workers, the cost of using public transportation can already range from 15 to 20 per cent of wages, Foreign Policy explains. The roots of austerity While it is more commonly remembered that former prime minister Pierre Trudeau allowed 7,000 political refugees from Chile to enter Canada, Yves Engler has outlined how the Trudeau government withheld support for president Salvador Allende and backed general Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew the democratically elected Allende in a coup. Water privatization In The Guardian, Daniel Gallagher has highlighted The process of water privatization in Chile which began in 1981 under general Pinochet established a model for water management that strengthened private water rights, adopted a market-based allocation system and reduced state oversight. In 1976, the Latin America Working Group noted Canadian economic relations, in the form of bank loans, investments and government-supported financial assistance have helped consolidate the Chilean dictatorship and, by granting it a mantle of respectability and financial endorsation, have encouraged its continued violation of human rights. (www.immigrantscanada.com). As reported in the news.