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Income inequality and the 1%: Amanda Lang takes your questions

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All this week, the Lang and O'Leary Exchange has been looking at the issue of income inequality in a special series.

Since the global financial crisis of 2007-08, global income inequality has become part of the public discourse. The Occupy Wall Street protest movement, which kicked off in September 2011, popularized the idea of the one per cent, or the uber rich.

A recent article from points out "the fear is that the world is developing what one expert calls a "Downton Abbey economy", with a small wealthy class - the 1 per cent - and a large class of poor workers. Meanwhile, the middle class is being squeezed with higher prices and stagnant wages, forcing many to go into personal debt to try to keep up."

According to a recent Oxfam report, the wealthiest 85 people in the world hold as much wealth as the poorest half of the planet's population -- or about 3.5 billion people.

We had hoped to tackle the issue in a live chat Thursday night with special guest Amanda Lang, anchor of the Lang and O'Leary Exchange and a senior business correspondent for CBC News.

Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to technical difficulties.

We think it's an important issue to discuss and we don't want to abandon the idea of bringing the CBC News community into the conversation. So we still want your questions on income inequality and the 1%. You can email them to us at or tweet them to us with the hashtag #AskAmandaCBC. Amanda will take the best and most frequently asked questions over the weekend and answer them on Monday.

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