The Broadbent Blog

THE HUB FOR CANADA’S LEADING PROGRESSIVE VOICES.

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

Wab Kinew: Engaging the Electorate

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On September 22 and 23, the Broadbent Institute hosted Progress Summit BC to chart a progressive path forward for the province in this critical election year. The Summit wrapped up with an inspiring keynote from Wab Kinew, Manitoba MLA (Fort Rouge), on the power of engaging citizens in democracy.

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The co-operative economy as a model for B.C.

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On September 22 and 23, the Broadbent Institute hosted Progress Summit BC to chart a progressive path forward for the province in this critical election year. The Summit kicked off with a discussion about the co-operative economy in BC, and how that model can be expanded and advanced in the decades ahead. Watch the video of Vancity CEO Tamara Vrooman in conversation with Janet Austin, CEO of YWCA for Metro Vancouver.

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Retrieving affordability: progressive policy solutions for BC’s housing crisis

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On September 22 and 23, the Broadbent Institute hosted Progress Summit BC to chart a progressive path forward for the province in this critical election year. In the panel entitled 'Retrieving affordability: progressive policy solutions for BC’s housing crisis' panelists were asked to outline what practical, progressive, policies can ensure future generations of lower and middle-income British Columbians can live and thrive in their cities. A summary of their remarks are outlined below. 

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Rising right-wing populism and the failure of global economic governance

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With the global economy mired in slow growth and right-wing, nationalist populism in the ascendant in many of the advanced industrial countries, one might have hoped that the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China would have come up with a real plan to promote a sustainable, shared recovery. 

If so, one would be very disappointed since the final communique consisted mainly of empty rhetoric and evaded the key issues of competitive fiscal austerity and increasing income inequality. 

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Charting a path for a progressive BC

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On September 22, 23, the Broadbent Institute hosts its first Progress Summit BC in Vancouver. In the lead up, the Institute is publishing a series of blog posts from speakers and staff.

It was three years ago after our first national Progress Summit - where dozens of British Columbians travelled across the country to convene with other progressives - that we began to dream about a BC-based gathering.

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Federal tax review must target loopholes for wealthy, boost fiscal capacity

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Progressive tax reform to promote both greater distributional fairness and increased fiscal capacity to fund social programs and public services should be squarely on the agenda for the 2017 federal budget. Indeed, with faltering growth, the federal Liberals will be hard-pressed to meet their commitments to new investments,while still ensuring a promised decline in the federal debt to GDP ratio, if they do not significantly increase revenues.

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On reconciliation, the government can and must do more

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A year has passed since the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa — a brief moment of self-reflection that punctured through a stubborn, willful and long-standing national blindness. 

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Canada's middle-class jobs challenge

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Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity.

What matters for workers is not just being able to find any job but also security of employment, level of pay, working conditions, and the opportunity to develop talents and capacities. 

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Left and liberal colour blindness imperil real change for Black people

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Since the very public executions of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile, I find myself in a profound state of sadness. 

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Ed Broadbent: reflections on a mentor and professor

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At the age of 18, when I entered Glendon College York University in 1965, I found myself drawn to a 28 year old political philosophy professor who, contrary to most of the staidly dressed professors at Glendon, wore turtle-neck sweaters and was whispered to be a committed socialist and anti-war activist.

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