The Broadbent Blog

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Disclaimer: the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Institute.

This election, Canada must tackle disability rights reform

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Early into this federal election campaign and, encouragingly, talk of the creation of a Canadians with Disabilities Act has surfaced.

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The economics (and ethics) of affordable child care

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Many economists, particularly those that are male, find it difficult to understand the public interest in providing funding to child care. 

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Even Conservatives should embrace a decent minimum wage

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Few Canadian economic debates are as long-standing and as predictable as that over the pros and cons of  raising the minimum wage. Progressives call for a higher wage floor to combat inequality, low pay and poverty. But employers and the political right generally argue that a decent minimum wage comes at the cost of jobs, and harms those it is intended to protect. 

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Fraser Institute is wrong on the Canada Pension Plan

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A recent study from the Fraser Institute claims boosting premiums to pay for higher Canada Pension Plan benefits would not work, since individuals would simply save less in RRSPs and other individual savings vehicles. Thus there would be no overall increase in retirement income, and individuals would have less flexible access to their savings because CPP contributions are effectively locked in.

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Higher education no silver bullet in fight against inequality

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Young people are constantly told that a post secondary qualification is the key to getting a good job, and tens of thousands of students are graduating this year in search of a full-time job matching their qualifications.

For an individual, a  good education certainly raises the odds of finding a good job. But it does not follow that further raising the educational level of the workforce as a whole will boost the overall quality of  jobs or reduce growing income inequality.

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Corporate Tax Cuts, Lost Revenues and Lagging Business Investment

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Corporate tax cuts have been central to the Harper government's economic agenda. The result has been a huge loss of public revenues for negligible economic gain, suggesting that we need a major policy rethink.

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Statement by Rick Smith on passage of Bill C-377

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Today, Bill C-377 passed Third Reading in the Senate after the Conservative government shut down debate. If there was any doubt this anti-labour “Private Member’s Bill” didn't have the full backing of the Harper government that has been put the rest.

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Fiscal Austerity Causing Long Term Economic Damage

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While Canada's short term economic prospects are pretty gloomy, longer term projections are even worse. A major reason is that policy-makers here and in all of the advanced industrial countries have been content to settle for a very slow recovery which undermines our longer-term economic potential.

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Good labour relations key to educational achievement

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Recent tensions in relationships between provincial governments and teachers, especially in British Columbia and Ontario, deserve to be understood in a wider context. Good labour relations in education and positive working relationships between provincial governments and teacher unions are a critical ingredient in the relative success of our public education system.

Canada's education system is generally recognized to deliver good results compared to most other countries. 

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The lasting legacy of the 60s and 70s Scoop

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On a hot summer July afternoon, a social worker handed me over to a young Saskatchewan farming couple. I was three months old, and my adoptive mother tells me I wouldn’t stop crying. She eventually realized I was too hot because my foster mother had dressed me in all the clothes that I possessed. 

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