The percentage of self-employed Canadians is the lowest it’s been in almost 35 years, while public sector employment is at its highest percentage in nearly 30—and neither trend bodes well for the economy.

William Gairdner, an academic and author of “The Trouble With Canada…Still!,” said in an interview that unless democracies have high numbers of private sector workers, these workers’ interests get overwhelmed at the ballot box.

“All democracies in the Western world have been mutating in the direction of the tripartite state … in which one-third of the people are producing the wealth, and one-third of the people are working for government, and another third are receiving significant income … from the government,” said Gairdner.

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