Canada's middle class

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Ottawa has a middle-class definition problem

The OECD defines the middle class as anyone earning between 75 per cent and 200 per cent of median household income after tax.

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The increased CPP tax alone translates into $1,624 more in taxes.

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In the House of Commons on Tuesday, the prime minister admitted that many middle-class Canadians are now paying more taxes.

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The average Canadian worker now works a lot fewer hours to purchase common household items.

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Median income in Canada increased by 52 per cent from 1976 to 2011.

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The purchasing power for the average Canadian wage-earner has increased dramatically since 1976.