Race, oppression and social democracy


The Broadbent Institute's new project, Change the Game, takes a critical look at the history of social democracy in Canada, with the intention of learning from the successes and challenges of the past in order to build the best possible path forward. We invite you to join us in rethinking and renewing social democracy by reading other entries in this series.

When the Broadbent Institute invited us to join forces with them to write about social democracy from the perspective of critical race theory, we were both struck by the challenge that lay in front of us. 

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Questioning the so called "Canadian Dream"


On May 23, Statistics Canada released an interesting and widely reported study by Yuri Ostrovsky, with the title “Doing as Well as One's Parents?” It showed that some two thirds of Canadian children born between 1970 and 1984 (broadly speaking, the children of baby-boomers) had, at age 30,  family incomes at least as high as their parents at the same age and that this proportion has been stable.

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A reality check on "Tax Freedom Day"




New report shows that the average family tax rate is half what the Fraser Institute claims

 OTTAWA - Every June, the Fraser Institute proclaims a "Tax Freedom Day" to make the misleading claims that the average Canadian family pays a tax rate of over 40 per cent and that Canadians face an ever growing tax burden. A new study conducted for the Broadbent Institute  by Richard Shillington and Robin Shaban entitled The Brass Tax: Busting Myths About Overtaxed Canadians, provides compelling evidence that the Fraser Institute’s findings are problematic and paint a deceptive picture of typical Canadian tax rates. 

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Statement on NDP-Green Agreement in BC



VANCOUVER — The Broadbent Institute welcomes today’s announcement by BC NDP Leader John Horgan and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver of their agreement. The Institute, Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization, recognizes this historic opportunity for British Columbians to get the meaningful change that they voted for on the May 9th provincial election.

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