The bottom line: 57 per cent of Canadians feel government should do more to ensure their economic and social security. This is not a call for small government or for making tax cuts a priority. The decline in the purchasing power of wages, increasing job instability and the growth of non-standard jobs are major worries for many Canadians and they want government to help.
More Canadians are working than ever before—some 18.9 million in March—and the unemployment rate is down to 5.8 per cent. Yet for many Canadians there is little cause for celebration, writes David Crane. The Hill Times file photograph
TORONTO—More Canadians are working than ever before—some 18.9 million in March—and the unemployment rate is down to 5.8 per cent. Yet for many Canadians there is little cause for celebration.
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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.