May 04, 2015

What is your definition of the middle class in Canada?

Emily PrattRebel Correspondent

Federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has unveiled his party’s first major economic platform plank ahead of the upcoming election.

Trudeau says he plans to tax the wealthiest 1% in the country and cut taxes for the middle class. So we hit the streets to see what is your definition of the middle class in Canada.

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commented 2015-05-04 23:17:06 -0400
Did someone check over Fluffy’s teleprompter to make sure he read it right? Since he’s totally clueless on almost everything of importance that would be a good place to start. (I did hear he’s top notch when it comes to anything pertaining to image projection – holograms are image project too).
Since there is no hard core way of defining middle class – it has to do more with life-style and attitude than income – Fluffy’s handlers picked the best topic for him to address. How can you be wrong when you’re discussing personal preferences and taste.
If you remember NDP leader Alexa McDonough (1995-2003 and one in the long line of champagne socialists to lead the NDP) said if you were married, had 2 kids with a stay-at-home Mom and you earned $50K you were rich but if you and your spouse both worked , had 2 kids and each earned $25 you were working class.
Seems like things haven’t changed much for the socialists.
commented 2015-05-04 22:48:48 -0400
The middle class is everyone without a government paycheck or an indexed pension.
commented 2015-05-04 21:06:52 -0400
You are better off Jake. You earned it. You can’t envy them. I feel the same way. I’ve financed near $1m for others and I’m carrying a big chunk. But I can’t complain. I’m blessed with this
commented 2015-05-04 20:59:10 -0400
Jake; who says you’re not an economist? Don’t listen to them.
Your theory and outlook seems to me to be better balanced and makes more sense than any economist that I know.
The conservative in me wishes to see the rich become richer and the poor become fewer.
Perhaps that’s what we see happening, just not exactly in the way originally we intended.
But don’t lose heart, without our assistance your sister-in-law might otherwise become one of Joan’s oppressed and suffering invisible lower class, and if she doesn’t, the socialist in me says this is but one more reason that the country we live in has the potential to become the greatest in the world.
commented 2015-05-04 20:32:35 -0400
I have a theory, that’s probably way off base as I’m far from an economist, but it seems to me not so much that the middle class is disappearing, as that the lower class is moving up, making the middle class seem poorer. My wife and I both work, as well as own a small business, we own a nice house, and a new car, some money in the bank. My wife’s sister is a single mom on government assistance plus baby bonus, she live in income housing, a beautiful 3 bedroom duplex ( at least as nice as my home ) she drives a brand new car, leased by baby bonus ( who knew ) My wife was upset last week because her sister just bought a new 60’’ TV, and she wanted to know why we couldn’t get one. This is just one example, but when I go to visit her the lot is full of new cars, and they all seem to be living as well as I do.

I don’t begrudge these people anything, but when your busting your ass off 60hrs a week, and you don’t feel like your living any better than people on assistance, you don’t feel like your in the middle class do you. I have a great life, and I’m not complaining at all, I’m just wondering if this isn’t part of what’s making people feel like the middle class is disappearing, when it’s really the lower class moving up. Just a thought !
commented 2015-05-04 20:14:07 -0400
Trudeau is just going to drive these people out of the country. But where do you go? There are no frontiers left.
commented 2015-05-04 18:53:02 -0400
First – we have one of the most richest middle classes in the world. Second – the 1% and even the income level just below the 1% already pay a good portion of Canada’s income tax. Trudeau is just going to drive these people out of the country. I know if I was in that demographic, I would be likely to leave Canada.
commented 2015-05-04 18:41:28 -0400
Emily’s in the street interviews are COOL.
commented 2015-05-04 18:39:03 -0400
Hmmm, the middle class is that demographic Trudeau hopes will vote for him because they self-identify as middle class. Trudeau hopes that is a majority of voters.

Has he said when he would reduce taxes on the middle class? Maybe in 2019 by say 0.02 percent?

Yawn. I might have some respect for Trudeau if he promised to inceprease taxes for the top 2-5 percent of Canadian incomes and give that money directly to Canada’s real oppressed and suffering, the growing invisible lower class. The starving. The homeless. The freezing.