Patrons sit on the patio as waitress Susie Plamondon, left, carries a glass of champagne at Joey Sherway, part of the Joey Restaurant chain during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press.

The working class isn't who you think it is

Today’s working class is more female than male, more likely to be an immigrant or racial minority, much more likely to be in service-sector jobs than “blue-collar” jobs, and frequently has more educational experience or credentials than is typically required for its jobs.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is shown during his year-end interview with The Canadian Press in Edmonton on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Amber Bracken/The Canadian Press.

Jason Kenney makes his exit

Kenney’s inevitable, if not immediate, exit from politics after more than a quarter century is a natural moment for reflection on his accomplishments, lessons, and legacy. 

Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland addresses a crowd at the Empire Club of Canada in Toronto, Thursday, June 16, 2022. Cole Burston/The Canadian Press.

A tale of two recoveries

Post-pandemic public sector employment has grown nearly five times more than it did over a comparable period after the 2008-09 recession, and the public sector’s share of total employment is now at levels not seen since the early 1990s.