Back in 1970 I lived in Montreal. I was a commission sales specialist. I had a company car and earned around 30,000 per year (not guaranteed). My first son was delivered in a great hospital (Catherine Booth). The entire cost including all doctor visits and 7 days private hospital room was $350 - no medicare, no insurance. We didn't qualify for company insurance because my wife was pregnant when I was hired. Medicare was established in Quebec later that year.
We bought our first house in Beaconsfield. It was a custom built multi level split with 4 bedrooms, a nice yard beautiful trees etc. It was close to 2 and 20 for commuting. It cost 24,250. My aggregate tax rate then was 14% ($4200) so the house cost less than one year's take home pay.
After our second child, I decided that my wife needed a car. We bought a Datsun 510 station wagon for $2820 or about 10% of my take home pay.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS MY FRIEND. What have the socialists (Liberals) done to us? Today (Post Trudeau) a house costs 6 times take home pay; a car costs 2/3.