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Today, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he is opposed to the provincial proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) because it is not a “modest” proposal and would cost jobs. In fact, according to pension expert Robert Brown ,...Read more
In October, 2011, two leading U.S. economists, Nobel prize-winner Paul Krugman and Lawrence Summers, squared off in Toronto in the high-profile Munk Debates . At issue was the question of whether North America faced a Japan-style era of prolonged economic...Read more
Climate pollution, deforestation, water contamination, cancer-causing toxins, ecosystem decline. Canadians are rightly concerned about the daunting challenges that threaten our long-term health and prosperity.Read more
Today, Canadian youth face a future in which they are less likely than their parents to earn a decent wage, have a secure job, or own a home. Canada is failing on that most fundamental promise of offering greater opportunities to successive generations.Read more
Fourteen per cent of all income in Canada is now received by the top one per cent, up sharply from eight per cent in the 1980s. For every $1 increase in national earnings over the past 20 years, 70 cents have had to be shared among the bottom 99 per cent.Read more
In the last federal election, only 61 per cent of Canadians, and only 40 per cent of Canadian youth, cast a vote. A dated electoral system, a number of factors have all resulted in disengagement and a loss of faith in our democracy.Read more