I am often frustrated by economic arguments on both sides of the political spectrum.
The right argues that we need to create jobs at any cost and that job creation alone will lift the poor out of poverty in a trickledown fashion. All we have to do is destroy unions and leave employers to create jobs and all will be well.
The problem is that the jobs being created are low-skilled and low-paid McJobs that cannot sustain a family and that will not lead to a prosperous society for all Canadians.
We can look to the US for results of the right’s arguments. There, we see incomes falling and a growing gap between rich and working poor.
The left argues that we need more support programs to help the poor live a sustainable life.
But pouring more money into social programs that keep folks where they are, year after year, only increases the debts of the province, and doesn’t help the poor move into a higher income bracket.