WELCOME TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. Come on in.
It’s a pretty big tent, this middle class, but our government — pick one; doesn’t matter which government — is there for us.
In recent years, governments at all levels have taken to talking about “protecting the middle class.” It’s as if the middle class has become some sort of chosen set of people who represent all good things Canadian.
Everybody wants in. If you aren’t part of it already, you’re “working to get into the middle class.”
Justin Trudeau is all about “fairness for the middle class.” John Horgan’s prime objective is “a break for the middle class” and “affordability” for the middle class. The media judge provincial and federal budgets on what they do for “the middle class.”
So I started thinking about the middle class a couple of days before federal finance minister Bill Morneau delivered his budget this week.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.