Measuring Canada’s Middle Class

The middle class. A large number of Canadians either consider themselves to be a part of it, or aspire to be a member of the middle class club. According to an EKOS poll conducted two years ago, 47% of Canadians said they considered themselves to be part of the middle class.

It seems to be in our politicians’ best interest to have Canadians believe they fit under this rather large, vaguely described, supposedly struggling middle class umbrella. We’ve been hearing this term more and more as politicians gear up for the federal election, composing their platforms. Trudeau’s recent policy release features the idea of the middle class prominently; the theme being “fairness for the middle class and people who are working hard to join it.” U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken frequently about “middle class economics.”

But is this a real problem, or mere political verbiage? How does one define the middle class, and where did the term come from? What is the state of social mobility in this country today? Michael Den Tandt explains.


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