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March 11, 2015—Income Inequality

March 11, 2015—Income Inequality

The Senate Liberal Caucus once again opened our doors to parliamentarians, the public and the media to discuss issues of national importance through our Open Caucus. These meetings are intended to be non-partisan, and we encourage parliamentarians and their staff from all parties to attend.


On morning of March 11th the Senate Liberal Caucus invited an expert panel of witnesses to discuss the matter of Income Inequality in Canada. The wealth gap between the ‘rich and the rest’ is ever widening, and many Canadian families are finding it harder to maintain their place in the middle class. Some would suggest that income inequality is a natural product of a dynamic economy, and spurs ingenuity and competition. Others argue that as this gap widens, Canadian society will grow more divisive, leading to increased poverty, poorer health and increased social friction. Parliamentarians and their staff were invited to listen to and question our witnesses as we explored how to better ensure all Canadians receive an equal opportunity at obtaining the quality of life Canada is famous for.


Witnesses included:

  • Miles Corak, Professor of economics with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
  • Ronald Labonté, Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Health Equity at the Institute of Population Health
  • David Macdonald, Senior Economist at the Center for Policy Alternatives


This meeting was held:
Wednesday March 11th, 2015
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Room 160S, Centre Block


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