There is widespread and growing agreement that Canada,
among many other advanced industrial countries, has a serious
and growing inequality problem. Experts at the Organization
for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) and
the Conference Board of Canada have shown that we have
become a much more unequal and divided society over the
past generation. The incomes of the top 1% have exploded,
while middle-class wages have stagnated for over thirty years.
This sort of inequality has profound implications for the quality
of our democracy, for social and environmental sustainability,
for our individual and social well-being, and for economic
stability and performance at the global and the national level.