The gap between rich in poor in this country has reached Third World levels
"According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, the widening gap between rich and poor in Canada is now roughly on par with that of Indonesia. Indeed, in the matter of income equality, Canada trails not only the Scandinavian countries, but Egypt and ****stan, as well.
You might think that fact alone would place poverty high on the national agenda. But in this week's throne speech, Prime Minister Stephen Harper devoted no more than 98 of 4,000 words – less than 3 per cent – to the subject.
More than a decade of tax cuts at the federal level and in certain provinces has not put a dent in the rising number of people in poverty, despite being among the advertised benefits of tax reduction.
With an estimated 1 million children living in poverty, we risk raising a new generation of Canadians unable to contribute to our economic progress. And the continued decay of impoverished urban and rural communities threatens their demise, as gangs, drug-dealing and prostitution take over once livable neighbourhoods. "