The words we should use when CEO’s earn 271 times more than average Canadian


A study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives published earlier this year shows that Canada’s 100 best-paid Chief Executive Officers breezed through year 2012 with earnings near 271 times higher than the average Canadian worker – $7.96 million compared to $46,634.

I think there is no word to fully express my feelings towards this. Some words, though, easily come to my mind to express the reasons behind such discrepancies – words that we would need to name and repeat if we wish to put an end to such an abuse. They are: selfishness, contempt, cynicism, corruption, abuse and patronage. And if we want to push deeper, they are: political parties financing, lobbying, propaganda, media concentration, diversion of democracy and lack of democracy.

I am sure Canadians do not only think this is unfair. An increasing number of them must also realize that only an equal sharing of powers – which would mean a real democracy – would lead us towards an equal wealth sharing.

Bruno Marquis

Gatineau, QC