It is a sign of the times that in today’s political world, much of the focus is on rescuing the middle class. A generation earlier, the focus was on fighting poverty and improving life for those with the smallest share of the economic pie. But technology and globalization, along with the excessive power of financial capital, have changed all that.
At the same time, with limited real wage gains and high housing costs, Canadians are hard-pressed to set aside savings for their future retirement.
TORONTO—It’s natural enough that in an election year when the unemployment rate is at a record low that the Trudeau government should feel a little boastful—and hope voters will reward them.
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Liberal MP Omar Alghabra is the ‘first parliamentary secretary to be tasked to exercise leadership in this area,’ according to the Prime Minister's Office, but unions say they haven’t heard from him yet.
'We will not accept a situation where we are not being given the information we are looking for,' says Transport Minister Marc Garneau of the deadly Jan. 8 plane crash in Iran that left 57 Canadians dead.
'They’ll probably disregard a lot, and, say, ‘Well, that was Andrew, I’m a different person, and I won’t have the same challenges that he had. My approach will be different,' says Conservative MP Stephanie Kusie.