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Canada's jobless youth: Think-tank pushes plan to create 186,000 'guaranteed' positions

Jesse Tahirali / CTV National News

With youth unemployment well above the national average, exams might not be the only thing keeping young Canadians up at night.

But one think-tank wants to ease the extracurricular stress students face by trying to guarantee availability of 186,000 jobs for those making...

Mad Math: Income-splitting meets Don Draper

Jennifer Robson /

In The National Post, Tasha Kheriddin critiques a recent study on income splitting by Tristat Resources for The Broadbent Institute. Kheriddin argues that income-splitting is...

Income splitting can make our tax system fair for taxpayers with young children

Tasha Kheiriddin / National Post

The issue of income-splitting — a tax policy whereby income is reattributed within a household from a higher-earning spouse to a lower-earning spouse — has been front of mind among tax experts, federal Conservative ministers and, most recently, the left-leaning Broadbent Institute. The practice advantages households in which income is predominantly earned by one spouse...

Face the facts

Editorial / The St. John's Telegram

If you don’t have the facts, it makes it that much easier to simply apply your own ideology.  But it doesn’t mean good results are on the way for everyone involved.

Two different pieces of news surfaced this week that make that point in spades. The first? While the federal Conservatives were arguing that job numbers were showing that the country needed more workers in the temporary foreign workers program, the...

Most Canadians wouldn't benefit from income splitting

Jessica Hume / Toronto Sun

The NDP used its last opposition day this session to rail against the government's proposal to allow income splitting, saying it would help too few Canadians and not those most in need.

Income splitting allows couples to redistribute their wealth in order to pay less tax. During the last election, the Conservatives promised that once the budget is balanced they would allow spouses with children under age 18 to share up...

Opposition push income splitting motion on Tories

Annie Bergeron-Oliver /

The government’s commitment to a controversial election promise will be tested Tuesday when the Opposition forces a vote on a motion opposing income splitting.

New Democrats are using their last opposition day of the spring sitting to push the proposal that has caused apparent splits within the ranks of the Conservative caucus this year.

Before stepping down as finance minister, the late Jim Flaherty ...

Income splitting benefits flow to west: study

Julian Beltrame / Canadian Press

Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new report concluding the plan would exacerbate income inequality and bestow the most benefits to the West.

Kenney made the statement in the House of Commons on Tuesday while debating an NDP motion to do away with the idea.

The report by the left-leaning...

Broadbent Institute brings democracy advocate Ana Maria Archila to Vancouver

Charlie Smith /

The Broadbent Institute has been promoting progressive policies from its Ontario base since 2011, but tonight it will hold its inaugural event in Vancouver to launch its B.C. arm.

Ana María Archila, co-executive director of the U.S.-based Center for Popular Democracy, will speak at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street) at 7:30 p.m.

"Essentially, it's a way of formally...

America’s middle-class defeat

Edward McClelland /

A few summers ago, I spent six weeks in Canada, as part of a 10,000-mile Great Lakes Circle tour. From Pigeon River on Lake Superior to Kingston on Lake Ontario, I drove and camped my way across Ontario. On Manitoulin Island, I went on a fishing charter captained by a retired nickel miner named Tom Power. The Nickel Belt is a stronghold of Canada’s most socialistic party, the New Democrats. When the...

Tim Hudak poses threat to Ontario’s water

Though Preston Manning likes to point out that the etymological root of “conservative” and “conservation” are the same, Canada’s right-wing political parties seem to be going out of their way these days to prove him wrong. In fact, wherever you look around the world, the alienation of conservatives from anything vaguely “green” is nearing completion.

In Australia, the recently elected Abbott government is obsessed with killing the tax on carbon pollution. In the lead-up to this year’s United States mid-term elections, an outright denial of climate change is an article of faith for...


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