Canada’s Working Poor Nearly Doubles Since 2002 While Middle Class Shrinks: Poll

A new poll suggests the political battle constantly waged for the support of Canada’s middle class is being fought over increasingly shrinking territory.

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  • Liberal Progressive

    But at least we are helping lots of refugees!

    • Observer

      And giving hundreds of millions of dollars annually to the third world so they can create more refugees and emigres to send to us.

  • marty_p

    It’s pretty obvious why the middle class is shrinking – unless you are at the top of the middle class the govt is doing their best to make it no longer worth while to work.
    Why would people work when the govt is throwing money at refugees while taxing the hell out of the working:
    https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/syrian-refugees-still-struggling-to-settle-in-toronto-after-year-of-governmentsupport/article34785953/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com

    And now CCRA is floating the idea of taxing your free coffee at work or your employee discount as a taxable benefit.

    • David Murrell

      This latest mean-spirited CRA move is going to raise a lot of stink — even with our Trudeau-loving media.

  • Cat-astrophe

    …”political battle constantly waged for the support of Canada’s middle class”…
    In recent history, Pierre forward, It has NEVER been a political aim to support the so called middle class.
    It is so bad now there it is not even disgused as support.
    There WILL be a poor class and aruling class in the near future, thats IT.
    Support for the middle class? LOL
    A more disingenuous phrase could not be used to describe all the political support we recieve.

    • tom_billesley

      Morlocks and Eloi.

  • Dana Garcia

    Immigration = importing poverty and lowering wages.

    There used to be a blue-collar middle class, but immigration, outsourcing and automation have largely trashed it.

    • k1992

      And the small, stinking rich group doing the trashing are motivated by greed; it will be our society’s undoing.

  • Solo712

    Middle class and common sense are disappearing. Until 1970’s Ben Franklin’s saying about “two certainties” was holding. Then came Senator Jarvis and California Proposition 13, and Ronald Reagan. Canada’s new tax idiocy is of course not as obvious as the States’ but still, it follows suit. Has anyone looked at the US federal tax rates of 1950’s and 1960’s ? Was the country ruled by communists then? How could business operate with such incredible tax burden? Hell, it did and it was booming.

    https://web.stanford.edu/class/polisci120a/immigration/Federal%20Tax%20Brackets.pdf
    https://taxfoundation.org/federal-corporate-income-tax-rates-income-years-1909-2012/

  • David Murrell

    There has been a fairly consistent body of economic analysis on Canada’s immigrant earnings, using Statistics Canada data — that says that, before 1980 immigrants expected annual earnings would surpass that of native born Canadians. (As an immigrant who came to Canada in 1970 at the time of my retirement were much higher than the average native-con person).

    But since about 981 the ratio of immigrant earnings to native born earnings has shrunk, to below that of native born people, to the point that new immigrants will never earn that of native-borners. The economist heading up this research is Charles Beach of Queen’s universityne technician and political moderate. But of course none of this is discussed in the Big Corporate Media.

  • simus1

    The middle and working class are essentially being looted by those behind the vote whores who are busily proclaiming they are its sole protector.

  • PaxCan

    How can this be? We’ve been importing the best and the brightest from the third world for the past 30 odd years now and at record levels. I’m calling “fake news” on this one.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Yeah, Trudeau, let’s disincentivize work. Tax those that work harder than the rest until they scream or decide it’s not worth the aggro. Then watch it burn. You major league anal sphincter.

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    • Clausewitz

      Since most farmers are small business people, I’d say it’s time for a food embargo similar to the OPEC embargo of 73. Let’s see which way the support swings once the Urbanites start to feel the first pangs of hunger.

  • ontario john

    I’m sure that taxing employee discounts for minimum wage employees, will help little Justin keep his plane fueled.

  • Alain

    Two major obstacles to transforming a country into a totalitarian, police state type are the traditional family (the corner stone of society) and the middle class. If you think I am wrong take a good look at how things work in every country composed of the masses of poor and the ultra rich who control it all.

  • People get the government – and the poverty – that they vote for.

    • Alain

      To a certain point that is true. However, once government creates its own voters that changes. When those dependent on government, which includes all public servants at all levels along with welfare recipients, outnumber the workers, that changes the game. Add to all that just plain voter fraud and corruption and the people are screwed.

      • k2

        Someone still has to foot the bill though – given enough takers and freeloaders, things break down. Will Canada become the next Venezuela (an islamic version anyway)? It seems probable. The West needs to get out while they still can.

        • Alain

          Of course, but it can take a fairly long time for that to happen depending on how long other countries will continue lending money to the country in question. Still, it is only a matter of time.

        • A Hamilton Guy

          And if the West gets out; I’m going.

          • Alain

            I fear that won’t happen. Since the time when the West, in particular Alberta, showed there was growing support for it the West has been flooded with Eastern liberals and of course mass population replacement of the worst kind. This has already born fruit, such as the Muslim fruit mayor of Calgary, the shift of the Alberta PC Party to all progressive and nothing conservative topped off by the NDP election.

      • Voters don’t really change in this country. After all, how many times has any Trudeau been elected and one cannot forget the Wynne debacles?

        I would love to be proven wrong on this.