June 05, 2015

Statistics Canada: The rich are getting richer -- but so are the poor

Brian LilleyArchive

If you listen to the Liberals, the NDP and the Media Party, they tell you that "the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer." But that isn't true -- based on data from Statistics Canada itself.

You'd never know it if you relied on Canada's Media Party for your news.

When they do report on this Stats Canada data, they get the study's findings wrong!

As a matter of fact, since the beginning of this century, the average Canadian family has seen their net worth go up 73%.

Shouldn't that be the headline?

Watch me break down the numbers for you.

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commented 2015-06-05 16:31:54 -0400
guess who got weather ……all them overpaid government jobs from local to federal all are making way more than the average Joe paying their wages…..WTF
commented 2015-06-05 15:22:44 -0400
Who is Lilley debating in this segment? He opens with two headlines, quotes from the articles, then says the articles are wrong on what the studies say. Lilley then goes on to…prove the articles are correct.

Has the wealth gap widened? Absolutely. Lilley’s StatsCan quotes back that up by illustrating the top 20% of earners saw their net worth grow by 80%, while the bottom 20% of earners saw their net worth grow by 38%. Has the wealth gap between the top 20% and the bottom 20% doubled as Lilley disputes? Again, Lilley’s StatsCan quotes back that up too. (Difference between average of top 20% and bottom 20% in 1999 and 2012, respectively: $642,400, and $1,190,800–which is almost a doubling, as the quote Lilley provides claims.)

As for disputing that “the rich are getting richer; the poor are getting poorer”, Lilley never quotes anyone who has made that claim. Instead, he says we should just be happy that everyone did better. If that was the point, why make false claims? Strip out the wrong-but-actually-correct headlines and quotes, go straight to the “all boats are rising” mantra, attack the poor with the “pull yourself up, we’re not going to do it for you” line, and be done in under two minutes of video.

The articles:
- “Wealth gap widens in Canada as richest see faster rise in net worth” – http://globalnews.ca/news/2033927/wealth-gap-widens-in-canada-as-richest-see-faster-rise-in-net-worth/
- “Canada’s Wealth Gap Has Spiked Since Start Of Century: StatsCan” – http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/06/03/wealth-gap-canada-statscan_n_7502848.html

The quotes:
- “The findings underscore the widening economic inequality witnessed in North America and in other developed nations in recent decades as globalization and other factors profoundly alter labour markets and income division within established economies.”
- “Wealth inequality widened in Canada between 1999 and 2012, according to new data from Statistics Canada. Although all income groups saw at least some increase in wealth, the bottom 60 per cent of households saw their overall share of the country’s wealth decline. And the wealth gap between the top 20 per cent and the bottom 20 per cent nearly doubled in that time.”

Quoted facts from StatsCan (http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/150603/dq150603b-eng.htm?HPA):
- “Average wealth increased faster among higher-income families [between 1999 and 2012].”
- “Among the 20% of family units with the highest incomes, or top income quintile families, average wealth increased by 80% between 1999 and 2012, rising from $721,900 to $1,300,100.”
- “Over the same period, the 20% of families that were in the middle of the income distribution—also called middle income quintile families—increased their average wealth by 73%, from $261,800 to $453,300.”
- “At the other end of the income spectrum, the 20% of families with the lowest incomes—or bottom income quintile families—increased their average wealth by 38%, from $79,500 to $109,300.”
commented 2015-06-05 13:30:30 -0400
Joan – I have no problem with those who are disabled collecting assistance, actually I think they deserve a lot more. I am referring to the strong able bodied ones, who are welfare lifers, and know how to milk the system.
commented 2015-06-05 13:24:38 -0400
The rich will get richer, and the poor, poorer if the Lieberals / Dippers gain power this fall. Few people know that the former Soviet Union (that great “equalizer” of all citizens) had more millionaires per capita than many of the democracies of the time. The Socialists like Trudope and Mulcair would take us down the same path!
commented 2015-06-05 12:40:51 -0400
Deborah Graupner – if the “poor” are living better than you are, I don’t classify them as poor. If they are taking a welfare cheque and still living better than you are, I call them criminals. Because no one on welfare can live better than you do.

Individuals on welfare in Canada live on less than $12,000 a year; depending on where in Canada, some live on less than $8,000. Just do the math. That’s pretty hard living. And when a poor person becomes homeless, welfare agencies deny them the shelter portion of the benefit, so they live on less than half that again. If they go into a shelter, the shelter is paid all their benefit so they get only a few dollars for personal hygiene and sanitary products and no right whatsoever to decide with whom to live or what to eat. And once in a shelter, most will become targets of protection scams to extort them of the few dollars they do manage to hang onto. Brian is wrong about a good number of such people. Many are disabled, have no family to care for them, and simply will never get ahead by working hard.

Stats Can defines the poor wrong. The poor are not the middle class. The middle class Trudeau and Mulcair champion are not Canada’s downtrodden. In fact, those Trudeau and Mulcair champion in the middle class oppress the real poor.
commented 2015-06-05 11:16:00 -0400
That’s all true for those that work, but given the rise of cost of living, (and many bad spending habits) and I can only speak for the bottom bracket mind you, it’s hard to really keep afloat. While I don’t really agree with the left, and probably never will, it gets harder and harder to really make a comfortable living. Especially if you are on the system of Government assistance. Now with unemployment on a slow rise, it’s just going to get worse.
commented 2015-06-05 11:01:43 -0400
The “poor” have never had it so good, in my opinion. When you don’t have food, clothing and shelter, then you can complain. But some of the “poor” are living better than I am, so explain how that can be? It’s just another insidious attack on our government!
commented 2015-06-05 07:41:36 -0400
Income inequality or not, I would not want Justin in office anyway, but the facts are clear, all income classes are going up.

However, the left desperately want to paint a picture of the lower and middle class doing poorly because then they can have something to cry “Look, Harper is destroying our economy!”, even if their complaint is a lie. Many Canadians will take what they say at face value thinking “They wouldn’t lie about a thing like that!”. How wrong they are.
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