1. Middle-class prosperity

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expanded his cabinet to include a "ministry of middle-class prosperity". New minister Mona Fortier has been unable to provide a clear definition of middle class, but presumably the ministry is a response to the quagmire in developed economies, where wealth has accumulated at the top while lower-and middle-income earnings have stagnated or even dropped. If Trudeau’s party really wants to represent the middle class, government policy should first address gross wealth accumulation at the top — and our bet is that won’t be part of Fortier’s job description. Otherwise, Trudeau will merely be giving Monty Python fans reason to smile at another timeless skit: John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks...

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