Canada to get its own Ministry of Silly Walks
The topics you have to be able to discuss this week
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...