This week results from an online poll by the Canadian Payroll Association showed what most of us suspected — and many of us live with. One study indicated that almost half of Canadians would be in trouble if their paycheque was delayed a week.
That means that 42 per cent who were polled spend every cent they make trying to keep the lights on and food on their table.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise though.
Working Canadians haven’t made any real gains since the early 1980s if inflation is added into the equation.
Canadian families are bringing in about the same amount of money on their paycheques while the cost of almost everything has continued to climb. It’s a recipe for social upheaval.
Workers will eventually stop being treated as second-class citizens.
These continue to be tough times economically and ordinary families are looking at a bleak future if all they can do is manage to pay their bills, with not a nickel left over.
Some places are worse than others.
This week too the Conference Board of Canada predicts that St. John’s will have the fasted growing economy in the country ... ahead of places like Calgary and Edmonton.
The growth is said to be spurred by the offshore oil industry.
That is positive for those who are working in the offshore industry or for spinoff businesses that are paying massive salaries.
But what about those who are barely getting by and still have to compete with these petro salaries when trying to buy a home or rent an apartment, or even to pick up a couple of pounds of hamburger meat?
Money isn’t everything, but you can’t pay the bills without it.