Income Inequality: Why it Matters.

by Linda Leigh
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October 17 has been set aside by the United Nations to recognized people living in poverty and the need to accelerate action towards a world without discrimination. The Salvation Army recognizes that poverty is a critical issue.

Statistics Canada has recently published its new and controversial National Household Survey. The report not only shows that Canadian families are struggling like never before, it shows the income gap between the rich and the rest of Canada is growing wider.

High inequality raises a few issues. First, it can diminish economic growth if it means that the country is not fully using the skills and capabilities of all its citizens. Second, it leads to increased social tension. Third, it raises a moral question about fairness and social justice.

How do you feel about Canada’s income gap?