Liberal MP Scott Brison has introduced a motion for debate in the House of Commons asking for the parliamentary finance committee to study the growing income inequality in Canada.
Brison published a piece in the National Post on June 11 explaining his thought process and the need for such a study. He argues that the growing income inequality and inequality of opportunity are a great threat to Canada’s economy and to Canadian society.
He asks for the committee to study the issue and come back to parliament with suggestions to fix the issue.
Brison says this issue is not partisan; it affects the whole of society. He wants the committee to look at countries that do some things better than Canada – things like childcare, early childhood education and lifelong learning.
Brison says the issue is non-partisan and has been a growing concern through Liberal and Conservative governments. Despite his thinking, Conservatives attacked the motion, calling it “far-left economic thinking.”
Meanwhiles, Statistics Canada reports that one in 10 Canadians are living below the poverty line, and the National Council of Welfare reports that poverty is costing the government $25 billion a year – more than programs to help people out of poverty. The Harper government, however, has decided to focus on giving large tax breaks to corporations that use the country’s natural resources and ship jobs out of Canada.
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