In Canada, the only group to increase its share of national income over the past two decades is the richest 20 per cent of the population.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after tabling the budget on March 22. The Liberals have made a decent start at improving socio-economic policy, but more needs to be done, says Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
OTTAWA—On any given day, thousands of people line up to use food banks across the country.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'
Parliamentary Budget Officer Yves Giroux says he's found it 'much more difficult to get information out of the minister’s officer' since Parliament returned with Chrystia Freeland in charge of the nation's finances.