The average Canadian worker now works a lot fewer hours to purchase common household items.
middle class income
Median income in Canada increased by 52 per cent from 1976 to 2011.
The purchasing power for the average Canadian wage-earner has increased dramatically since 1976.
The federal Liberals delivered their Throne Speech last week, emphasizing the planned middle-class tax cut. Yet there are two major problems with the government's proposed tax reform.
There has been much handwringing over the claimed disappearance of the middle class. From a bestselling international tome to domestic tax-and-spend types who think higher taxes will create more middle-income earners, there is no shortage of those who over-focus on redistribution and underestimate the benefits of opportunity.