Lots of poor people would ordinarily be an indictment of a ruling elite's abilities. Unless they resort to that time-tested response of blaming the poor for their poverty.
Lots of poor people means a more docile labour force.
Lots of poor people means more cannon fodder for the military.
Lots of poor people means a more docile electorate.
War directs anger outwards towards official enemies and inward to domestic traitors, saboteurs and spies.
Wars justify military spending.
Wars distract the electorate. (Or at least stephen harper hopes so now!)
Such cynical evil policies to prop-up the fortunes of failed humans.
I hear John Baird got a position with Barrick Gold. Together with Newt Gingrich. Two men with a LOT of expertise about mining.