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Ezra Levant - Justin Trudeau can't define "middle class"

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau admitted Tuesday he's not middle-class, but declined again to define it in terms of an income range. "No, I'm not," Trudeau said. "I've always been very lucky." Trudeau acknowledged the "very significant legacy" he inherited from his father pays healthy dividends, but he insisted his priority is still to make life better for the middle class — a group he defines in general terms. "People who live off their incomes are the middle class, and those who live off their assets, their portfolios, their trust funds are not," Trudeau said Tuesday, declining for a second day to give the term an income range. The Conservatives mocked Trudeau for a definition of middle-class they say would exclude anyone depending on assets during retirement, such as people who cash in their RRSPs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Trudeau doesn't understand that "bank presidents are not members of the middle class and retirees living on their savings are members of the middle class." Tory MP Phil McColeman also took a shot at Trudeau's personal wealth. "Unfortunately, the Liberal leader has no idea what it is like to be middle-class," McColeman said. "Middle-class families do not live spoiled lifestyles while collecting thousands in speaking fees on the backs of charities." Liberals, meanwhile, can't seem to agree amongst themselves on how to define the middle class. Toronto MP Chrystia Freeland, often billed as a middle-class advocate, refused to take questions on the topic, briskly walking away from reporters without saying a word Tuesday. Freeland's colleague, Scott Brison, was vague in his definition. "You can't simply use earnings as a means to define it," said Brison. "There are different definitions of middle-class."