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Making sense of middle class troubles

So it turns out Canada’s middle class haven’t been doing so well. That assessment is found in an internal government document prepared last fall by Employment and Social Development Canada. The report, pasted below, covers the period of 1993 to 2007. (The Liberals governed between October 1993 and January 2006, while the Conservatives governed from the beginning […]

February 24, 2014

So it turns out Canada’s middle class haven’t been doing so well.

That assessment is found in an internal government document prepared last fall by Employment and Social Development Canada. The report, pasted below, covers the period of 1993 to 2007. (The Liberals governed between October 1993 and January 2006, while the Conservatives governed from the beginning of 2006 through 2007).

Here’s the federal government’s own take, first released to Canadian Press under access to information. (For more analysis about income inequality, check out the Broadbent Institute’s report Toward a More Equal Canada and the book Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, edited by Queen’s University’s Keith Banting and John Myles, a senior fellow at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance.)

 

https://www.scribd.com/doc/208965644/Canada-s-middle-class-1993-2007

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What to make of Tim Hudak’s flip-flop on “right-to-work”?

Did Tim Hudak just concede attacking unions is an attack on the middle class? That’s wishful thinking for an anti-labour ideologue like Hudak, but the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader renounced Friday one of his key policy planks on the eve of an expected provincial election that, if implemented, would have really hurt the middle class. In a […]

February 21, 2014

Did Tim Hudak just concede attacking unions is an attack on the middle class?

That’s wishful thinking for an anti-labour ideologue like Hudak, but the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader renounced Friday one of his key policy planks on the eve of an expected provincial election that, if implemented, would have really hurt the middle class.

In a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Hudak said he no longer plans to bring in “right-to-work” legislation if elected.

The idea was…