Scott Brison Moves to Close Wage Gap

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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8 comments

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill4 years ago

This in itself would be a good thing, but with EVERY bill there are add-ons and pork attached until it's so bloated and so many things that no one even reads before voting on. Like the health care bill no one read before passing and Obama signing. Palosi even said "we have to pass it to read it".

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Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

Thank you, Scott.
Update on this article: Not only introduced the motion, but it passed too!

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Alan G.
Alan G4 years ago

Asking the finance committee to study something is "far-left economic thinking". What are they afraid the committee will find?

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Jane Warren
Jane Warren4 years ago

Thank you, Scott.
Update on this article: Not only introduced the motion, but it passed too!

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Gayle R.
Gayle R4 years ago

Let's hope it works better there than it does here.

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Tierney G.
Tierney G4 years ago

I just read today that Canada is outdooing the US in fairness for women in all areas except income. This is good to hear. Maybe a move to Canada would really be worth it now. This country the US is too full of religious nuts and conservatives who don't like progress and hate humans who are not rich. We are a joke.

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Luvenia V.
Luvenia V4 years ago

I wish him the very best because this is the first TRUE step toward recovery for a nation and the world.

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