And by some measures B.C. is the worst province for inequality in Canada.
Take, for example, the average after tax income for the top 20 per cent and the bottom 20 per cent, and calculate the ratio using 2011 statistics, as did the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. B.C. is the most unequal province in Canada, with a ratio of six dollars to one.
That comes after decades of widening fortunes for the rich and the rest of us. Since 1982 after tax income for the top one per cent of British Columbians has grown by 60 per cent. For pretty much everyone else, the bottom 90 per cent, that measure has remained essentially flat.
However numbers are crunched, British Columbia has been first or second on measures of inequality in eight of the last 10 years.