Is the Middle Class becoming extinct? This week in Maclean's

    Plus: A behind-the-scenes look at how the budget came together;
    banning fighting in hockey

    TORONTO, Jan. 29 /CNW/ - In the first installment of a special six-part
series called The New Middle Class Reality, Maclean's associate editor Colin
Campbell looks at how the recession is exposing the precarious state of
Canada's middle class. In the past 20 years, the poor have been getting poorer
and the rich richer, leaving the once in-between middle class struggling to
hang onto a lifestyle they assumed was their birthright. In fact, statistics
show that over the past 25 years, middle class incomes have not grown at all.
While this middle ground squeeze has been happening for decades, it's been
hidden from view: As long as credit was easy and jobs were plentiful,
middle-income earners could fool themselves into thinking they were getting
ahead. But now, as the Canadian economy unravels and jobs disappear,
comfortably buying a home, owning a car and raising and schooling children are
becoming daunting prospects for many, if not out of reach. What does the
disappearance of the middle class mean for Canada?

    PLUS in this week's Maclean's, on newsstands Thurs., Jan 29:

    Scenes from inside a pressure cooker

    Political fortunes will rise or fall on Budget 2009. Ottawa bureau chief
John Geddes reports on how it came together - and what's next.


    This week's historic budget - which includes a $34-billion deficit, record
spending and bailouts - marks the end of conservatism in Canada, writes
national editor Andrew Coyne.


    A growing number of Canadians oppose fighting in hockey - especially after
the recent death of 21-year-old Donald Sanderson. If you've been gathering
your information from Coach's Corner, it may surprise you to learn that
Donald's father, Michael Sanderson, would love to see fighting eliminated from
the game. National correspondent Charlie Gillis asks why the NHL isn't doing

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