Laurie Monsebraaten (The Toronto Star):
As federal politicians compete for the middle-class vote, a national think-tank has launched an election platform aimed at reducing the gap between Canada’s rich and poor.
The four-point strategy to end income inequality focuses on good jobs, a good safety net, good public programs and progressive taxation — and invites voters to “cast a vote that is good for Canada.”
“Our team of economists and research associates has been tracking the worsening of income inequality since we launched our Growing Gap research project in 2006,” Bruce Campbell, executive director of the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, said in a statement.
“Now we’re advancing a platform as an actionable blueprint for moving forward.”
The platform, which draws heavily on the centre’s latest Alternative Federal Budget, contemplates what Canada would look like “if we invested in the things that could solve income inequality” such as universal child care, national pharmacare and affordable college and university tuition.
The provocative presentation, posted on the centre’s website, includes videos of six Canadians who describe their personal struggles with unemployment, lack of public services and the country’s tax system.
The platform supplies “the solutions,” while Canadian voters “have the power” to vote for policies that are good for Canada, the presentation says.