ARTICLE: The prosperity gap – Why poverty threatens us all

October 30, 2007

Oct 20, 2007 04:30 AM

David Olive

Toronto Star

According to the latest statistics from the World Bank, the widening gap between rich and poor in Canada is now roughly on par with that of Indonesia. Indeed, in the matter of income equality, Canada trails not only the Scandinavian countries, but Egypt and Pakistan, as well.

You might think that fact alone would place poverty high on the national agenda. But in this week’s throne speech, Prime Minister Stephen Harper devoted no more than 98 of 4,000 words – less than 3 per cent – to the subject.

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