“There is a feeling that all is not well in Canada. But it’s more than a feeling. It’s a fact.”
No matter how many times we read these words in the recent report on the 2016 Canadian Index of Well-being, it always sends chills down our spine. The state of affairs in the country is poorer than before in almost every measure. And we have the data and research to prove it.
The survey conducted by the University of Waterloo is grim and disturbing. But, more than that, it goes against every claim by the Liberal government that the Canadian middle class is thriving. It shows that many of the claims by Trudeau and his cabinet about the economic well-being of the people are based on lies.
The report’s highlights
One of the main concerns raised in the report is the growing disparity between national economic growth and the increase in the overall well-being of the people. For instance, the report cites the fact that the Canadian GDP grew by 28 percent but the well-being of the people increased just by 9.9 percent.
No wonder the people are not satisfied with the status quo. They hear about the economic progress all around them. They hear about the post-recession economic recovery on the media. They hear from the Liberal politicians about how far the country has travelled. But, at the end of the month, they find themselves struggling to pay the bills.
The economic disparity
“When people go to bed at night, they don’t worry about GDP. They are worried about stringing together enough part-time jobs, rising tuition fees and affordable housing. They are thinking about the last time they got together with friends or the next time they can take a vacation,” says the report.
The report is the realization of the fact that there is a wide gap between the large-scale economic progress and its impact on the lowest levels of the society. It also shows that the Liberal claims that it’s the fault of the financial crisis because the economy is doing relatively better than the lifestyle of the people. Things need to change. And they need to change now.