Rising Inequality in Canada: A Problem for Public Policy?

The world has seen recent decades of rapid economic growth. Yet the fruits of this growth have not been shared equally. In Canada, after-tax income inequality was higher in the post-2000 period than any other point since 1976, with the gap also widening between the middle class and top income earners, caustically challenging the mythology of Canada as a “kinder, gentler” nation in the global context. With the deepening global financial crisis, governments have reached a critical juncture with respect to the convergence of social and economic outcomes. Whether the burden of any recession is felt by some social groups and countries more than others depends largely on public policy.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009
7.30 pm – 9:30 pm (doors open at 6.45 pm)
Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College
93 Charles Street West


  • John F. Helliwell, Arthur J.E. Child Foundation Fellow and Co-Director of the Program on Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Professor Emeritus of Economics, UBC
  • Roger Martin, Dean and Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; Chair, Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress
  • Armine Yalnizyan, Senior Economist, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Carolyn Hughes Tuohy (Moderator), Senior Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance and Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Toronto

This event is free and open to the publicGeneral Admission
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