This just in: high poverty rates and inequality are not inevitable
Disposable income inequality peaked in 2004. And the overall relative poverty rate, using a common international definition, peaked in 2015. Between 2004-2015, little progress was made in reducing disposable income inequality. But since 2015, there has been a remarkable reversal in these trends.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured in Ottawa. So, what is the recipe for further progress against income inequality and poverty, writes Michael Hatfield. 'Build on the success of these recent policies which have been supported by federal and provincial governments of all political stripes.' The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade