The Canada We Want in 2020: Income Disparity and Polarization

January 19, 2012

Income inequality has been a creeping problem in Canada and other advanced economies for many years now. Yet income polarization has not, up until now, been a big issue on the federal agenda.

It is time for the federal government to analyze and consider the longer term effects of income polarization, and to consider strategic policy reforms to head off a looming problem.

This event took place in Ottawa on Thursday, January 19, 2012.


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Featured Participants

Alessandro Goglio

OECD and contributor to Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising Panelist

Andrew Sharpe

Centre for the Study of Living Standards Panelist, LinkedIn

Chrystia Freeland

Thomson Reuters Panelist

Mark Cameron

Former Director of Policy and Research, Prime Minister’s Office Panellist, LinkedIn

Sherri Torjman

Caledon Institute of Social Policy Panelist

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  1. I found yesterday’s presentation on income disparities very forthright and useful. Will you be making available the panellists’ presentations?

    Barry Davis

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  3. La présentation de Chrystia Freeland est extraordinaire!
    entre les minutes 31 et 43 sur le vidéo du 19 janvier 2012.

    Elle fait un portrait très éclairant sur le changement de paradigme par rapport aux enjeux politiques et sociales aux Etats-Unis.

    Elle nous fait comprendre les causes du changement de paradigme et résume très bien l’état de la question en disant que d’une part une majorité de personnes et non seulement la classemoyenne sont affectés et conscientisés par les inagilités des revenus surtout chez les personnes les plus affluentes (le mot “personnes riches” est tabou) et d’ autre part un désenchantement et une conviction profonde que l’Etat est incapable de répondre adéquatement à ce problèeme parce que l’ Etat est perçu comme inefficace.
    Les présentations et les articles de Chrystia Freeland sont à lire absolument. Merci de nous la présenter.

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