Libs’ ‘Job Plan’ not enough to tackle poverty, Trish Garner, The Province, Dec 2012
…B.C. has the largest gap between the rich and the poor, and the highest poverty rate in Canada. Over half-a-million British Columbians live below the poverty line, and most of them have a job, sometimes several, in the paid labour force.
…In the last 10 years the average household income of the top one per cent in B.C. has increased by 36 per cent while, for the rest of us, real median incomes have stagnated, even though we’re working harder…
Here’s an example of how the BC Government has steadily increased the tax burden on middle class citizens. During the period that the province’s revenue from natural resources fell 32% and the Consumer Price Index rose by 20%, premiums for medical services increased 108%.
Sources: CPI rate of change according to Statistics Canada, MSP revenue 2000-2012 from BC annual Public Accounts, MSP revenue estimates 2013-2015 from the 2012 budget documents.