Canada is in the process of destroying decades of progress. We are developing limited, American-style access to social programs, our Employment Insurance system is being slowly starved to death, tuition fees are skyrocketing -- all in the name of "austerity."
Is this the kind of Canada we want to leave to future generations?
Inequality has increased substantially in recent years. Our national income is rising, yet it mainly benefits the top 1 per cent of Canadians, to the detriment of middle-class families whose incomes have stagnated. And far too many Canadians still live in poverty -- and even more are unemployed or under-employed.
Learn more about income inequality and the Broadbent Institute's Equality Project at www.broadbentinstitute.ca.
Ed Broadbent, one of Canada's most respected progressive sages, sat down with the CCPA's Trish Hennessy to talk about the Canada he grew up in and how it's changed over his lifetime. During this candid conversation -- in Mr. Broadbent's own Ottawa backyard -- he reflects on the profound shift away from equality. When he was growing up, he says, "the name of the game was to have more and more equality." It was an unstated assumption, and it was accepted by all the leaders of the main political parties when he was first elected to Parliament. Since then, he says: "We've had a terrible assault on democratic equality. Equality has, since the Greeks, been the key value associated with democracy." See the video of his full interview here.