Middle Class

“Justin Trudeau promises sweeping reforms to employment insurance system” (CBC News)

CBC News: The federal Liberals are promising cuts to employment insurance premiums, but those cuts won’t go as deep as reductions already promised by the Conservatives. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is campaigning in Atlantic Canada…

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“Making inequality an issue in the election campaign” (The Toronto Star)

Editorial (The Toronto Star): Tanya is a PhD graduate who can’t get a job. John is a former IT manager who went from a middle-class lifestyle to living on less than $300 a month, once…


“Three-Way Tie as Voters Try and Sort Out Who Can Solve the Economy” (Ekos Politics)

Ekos Politics: There have been some movements in an electorate that is becoming reluctantly engaged in a now month-old campaign that they are loosely acknowledging. If there was a sense that the Duffy scandal was…


“National think-tank unveils platform to end inequality in Canada” (The Toronto Star)

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…


“Conservatives tout tax breaks for ‘typical’ families earning $120K a year” (CBC News)

James Cudmore (CBC News): Stephen Harper’s campaign tour stopped today at a Tim Hortons, where the Conservative leader shook hands with supporters before strolling behind the counter and handing out double-doubles. “Just don’t let me…




“Election promises call for some magical thinking given economy” (CBC News)

Laura Payton (CBC News): All three leaders may be relying on some wishful thinking to fulfil their platform promises, given the state of the Canadian economy and its likely effect on government finances. The parliamentary budget officer has already…


“Canada election 2015: Trudeau, Mulcair take aim at Harper” (CBC News)

Editor’s note: Members of the opposition are usually best advised to target the government, instead of one another, but things don’t always work out that way. CBC News: Speaking to supporters in Vancouver, Mulcair touted…


Notes on the Maclean’s National Leaders Debate

Opinion/Analysis: Olivier Jarvis Lavoie [11:40 PM EST on August 6, 2015] Prime Minister Stephen Harper generally held his own. Anyone at all disposed to buy what he sells probably came away satisfied with his performance,…