Less than a year from now, on October 19, 2015, Canadians will vote, or not, in the next federal election. If the next election is like four of the last five contests, about 40 per cent of Canadians will not cast a ballot on election day.
Choosing not to vote is as good as voting Conservative. If you did not vote in the last election, you put Stephen Harper in the prime minister's office with a majority government.
Related rabble.ca story:
Are we supposed to accept "normal" is a stagnating economy?
In 2011 median earnings in Canada were $30,000. That means one-half of Canadian workers earned less than $30,000. What is more to the point is that earnings in 2011 were $1,800 below the level attained in 1977 (inflation adjusted 2011 dollars)! The pay packet for workers shrunk over that 24 year period.
It's a big stall -- an awful lot of Canadians are not getting ahead.
If the years since 1977 have not produced pay gains that equal those in the glory years from 1946 to 1976, does this have to continue into the future? Was the 30 years of economic expansion after World War II an accident?