Canadians vastly underestimate wealth gap, big schism exists between ideal and reality: landmark survey

Animated video shows what people think gap is compared to the ideal and actual wealth distributions

OTTAWA—Canadians vastly underestimate the wealth gap in Canada and want a much more balanced distribution. This is the key finding in the first-ever survey to ask Canadians what they think the wealth distribution is and what they think the ideal should be.

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Wealth Gap Bigger than Canadians Imagine

Jeremy J. Nuttall, The Tyee

Canadians are unaware of the size of the growing wealth gap in the country, a new report from the Broadbent Institute says.

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Wealth gap in Canada far worse than people think

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Wealth inequality worse than Canadians think: report

Lauren Strapagiel / canada.com

Although the majority of Canadians are concerned about wealth inequality in Canada, a new report says they’re also underestimating the sizable gap between the rich and the poor.

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Animated video will reveal results of landmark survey on perceptions and misconceptions of wealth gap

OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is offering news media embargoed copies of an animated video and accompanying landmark survey that asked Canadians for the first time what they think the wealth gap is and what the ideal should be. This allowed for a comparison with the actual wealth distribution in Canada.

For more information, please contact:

Cim Nunn, Progress Gala Communications Coordinator
416-627-7695 or cnunn [at] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca - See more at: http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/spotlight-inequality-broadbent-...
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Canada has failed to create equality of opportunity: Broadbent

Ed Broadbent / The Globe and Mail

Twenty-five years ago, on Nov. 24, 1989, I stood in the House of Commons and moved a motion to abolish the scourge of child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.

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Robert Reich, ex-Clinton cabinet secretary, warns Canada following U.S.'s inequality path

Canada is “moving towards exactly the same degree of income and wealth inequality” as the United States, says a former cabinet secretary in the administration of President Bill Clinton.

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Robert Reich and the fight against inequality

By David Olive / The Toronto Star

“Sustained and growing prosperity for everyone in a society depends on government investment in people — in education, health care, infrastructure and basic R&D,” says Robert Reich. “That’s what creates first-class human and other essential assets.”

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Spotlight on Inequality at the Broadbent Institute's Progress Gala

TORONTO—The Broadbent Institute’s Progress Gala is shining the light on the issue of our time with tonight's keynote address on inequality by former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

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Ed Broadbent reflects on the child-poverty pledge of 1989

By Marco Chown Oved / The Toronto Star

It was the twilight of his storied political career and Ed Broadbent wanted to send Canada on a historic mission: to eradicate child poverty by 2000.
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