Middle income working class

It's middle income, not middle class, and what about

a focus on everyone else, from pensioners to youth?

All three parties seem fixated on the so-called middle class. Common sense knows that what they mean is middle-income earners.

Despite pretentions to the contrary the so-called middle class are really only among the higher-paid working class. The lower-paid working class deserves attention too.

And what about the rest of society? The under-waged, the jobless, the homeless, and desperate seniors trying to survive on a fixed income against a rising cost of living?

There are 235,000 Canadians homeless every year, costing the economy $7 billion. Meanwhile, homeowners get $8.6 billion a year in tax and other benefits. The Toronto Star says that “as Canadians, we are spending more money on people who do not need help compared to those in greatest need.”

A portion of this fund should be specifically allocated to improve and implement new safety procedures within overnight and warming shelters, such to eliminate violence, health hazards, and theft. This will allow for a safer environment, in which individuals will feel welcome, safe, and secure, in overnight and warming homeless shelters

What kind of society are we accepting when candidates pander to only one economic group they wrongly call the “middle class”? Why is there no focus on the lower-income working class and their cousins the unemployed?

We see them every day working for minimum wage in the fast food industry, at Walmarts, and at other low paid service companies, like hotel and retail workers and restaurant servers.

It is time for all parties to deal with real issues in this election year before they get our vote. Not just catering to one income group.

We have to ask questions at all candidates meetings what candidates intend to do about affordable housing, jobs and not just part time but full time jobs providing a living wage, and a guaranteed annual income, affordable or free education. In effect a prosperous future for our young people.

In other words issues that affect the majority of Canadians not just the so-called middle class.

We need more political voices to counter Harper’s right-wing agenda of low-paying, precarious jobs, harmful privatization of government services, income inequality, and tax cuts that inevitably lead to public service cuts.

We must insist that the candidates we elect will speak up for working people, for those living in poverty, for women and seniors — for a better future. They must declare where they stand on closing the gender pay gap and how they will cope with the endless parade of corporate pundits that flood the airwaves.

We need to know what the candidates will do when they are elected to prompt new living wage initiatives in communities throughout Canada.

Electors shouldn’t be passive. Each candidate must know what not only middle income earners want but the needs of all of us right across the scale.

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