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Feds need to create opportunity for all segments of population, distribute dividends of increased prosperity

By David Crane      

While growing the economy and promoting innovation to improve productivity will continue to matter, fairness and sharing the dividends of growth, the hallmarks of an inclusive economy, must get higher attention than they have had in the past. The 2016 census results show why.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured last week in Ottawa on his way to the National Press Theatre. The Trudeau government’s 'middle-class' tax cut was a huge waste of money; the money would have been much more usefully spent by expanding the working income tax benefit for the working poor, writes David Crane. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—If there was a needed reminder on the critical importance of fostering a more inclusive economy in Canada, it can be found in the latest 2016 census report from Statistics Canada. There are still too many Canadians living on low incomes, too many working Canadians whose incomes are stagnant, too many Canadians simply hanging on. The danger is that the Canadian dream will be hard to sustain if we become a two-tier society. There were 4.8 million Canadians

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