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Canadians becoming more 'progressive': poll

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[Has the worm turned? *RON*]

By Mark Kennedy, Ottawa Citizen, 1 October 2014
Canadians are increasingly embracing “progressive” values that stand in sharp contrast to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s brand of conservatism, a new poll has found.

The EKOS Research poll, to be released Thursday at a conference organized in Ottawa by the Canada 2020 think-tank, reveals a shift in public opinion that could have ramifications for next year’s federal election.

On a range of issues – law enforcement, legalization of marijuana, foreign policy, and the appropriate role and size of government – a majority of Canadians are offside with the government, the survey suggests.

The electorate is becoming rapidly polarized, with a wave of Canadians declaring their political ideology to be “small-l liberal,” regardless of which political party they support.

Moreover, the poll finds deep discontent among Canadians in key areas: Middle-class anxiety about the economy, a gl…

CEOs Get Paid Too Much, According to Pretty Much Everyone in the World

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[The revolution has not begun because we're deluded about just how bad the situation is. *RON*]

by Gretchen Gavett, Harvard Business Review Blogs, 23 September 2014

Rumblings of discontent about executive wages, the 1%, and wealth gaps know no borders. And neither does fierce debate about income inequality in general. But until now, it’s been relatively unclear how much people think CEOs should really make compared to other workers on a global scale.

In their recent research, scheduled to be published in a forthcoming issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science, Chulalongkorn University’s Sorapop Kiatpongsan and Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton investigate “what size gaps people desire” and whether those gaps are at all consistent among people from different countries and backgrounds.

It turns out that most people, regardless of nationality or set of beliefs, share similar sentiments about how much CEOs should be paid — and, for the m…