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Broadbent Institute to host Canada’s largest annual progressive politics conference

OTTAWA—During this key election year and on the eve of the tabling of the federal budget, the Broadbent Institute is convening the largest annual progressive politics event for leading thinkers, policy experts and organizers.

“This is a crucial time for Canada and the right moment to bring the progressive movement together as we head into a federal election,” said Institute Chair Ed Broadbent. “From income inequality to innovation, we’ll be debating the big issues of the day and advancing solutions to build a better Canada.”

Progress Summit 2015, from March 26 to 28 at the...

TFSA doubling would cost billions more than income splitting, more skewed to the wealthy: new study

OTTAWA—The existing Tax-Free Savings Account scheme is projected to cost the federal government up to $15.5 billion annually when it matures, and doubling the contribution limits would shift additional billions from tax revenues into the pockets of the already well-off, a new Broadbent Institute study has found.

Double Trouble: The Case Against Expanding Tax-Free Savings Accounts, authored by Rhys Kesselman, is the first comprehensive assessment of the Conservative Party of Canada’s proposal to double the annual TFSA contribution limit. While the TFSA proposal has received...

Public lecture by award-winning economist Mariana Mazzucato

TORONTO—The Atkinson Foundation and the Broadbent Institute are pleased to be co-hosting a public lecture by award-winning economist Mariana Mazzucato in Toronto on Thursday, January 22, 2015. 

Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths and R.M Phillips Professor in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex, recently won the New Statesmen/Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) Prize in Political Economy for her work on the entrepreneurial state and smart growth. ...

Broadbent Institute welcomes accomplished Canadians to expanded Board of Directors

Agenda during election year includes biggest gathering of progressive minds at Progress Summit 2015

OTTAWA—Ed Broadbent, Chair of the Broadbent Institute, is pleased to welcome noted leaders from across the country to the Institute’s Board of Directors to help shape the organization’s growing research and training agenda.

The new Board members are:

  • Patti Bacchus, Vancouver School Board (VSB) Trustee who served as Chair of the VSB for six years.
  • Michelle Beveridge, a communications and campaign consultant based in Saskatoon.
  • ...

Canadians vastly underestimate wealth gap, big schism exists between ideal and reality: landmark survey

Animated video shows what people think gap is compared to the ideal and actual wealth distributions

OTTAWA—Canadians vastly underestimate the wealth gap in Canada and want a much more balanced distribution. This is the key finding in the first-ever survey to ask Canadians what they think the wealth distribution is and what they think the ideal should be.

“Canada is much more unequal than Canadians think it is and a far cry from what they think it should be. That holds true for people...

Animated video will reveal results of landmark survey on perceptions and misconceptions of wealth gap

OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is offering news media embargoed copies of an animated video and accompanying landmark survey that asked Canadians for the first time what they think the wealth gap is and what the ideal should be. This allowed for a comparison with the actual wealth distribution in Canada.

The video and report, titled The Wealth Gap: Perceptions and Misconceptions in Canada, are available under an embargo that will end at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time, December 16, 2014. To request embargoed copies, please email sschmidt[at]...

Spotlight on Inequality at the Broadbent Institute's Progress Gala

TORONTO—The Broadbent Institute’s Progress Gala is shining the light on the issue of our time with tonight's keynote address on inequality by former Clinton Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Reich, professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and a sought-after business commentator, is one of the North America’s most knowledgeable and persuasive thinkers about the widening inequality of income and wealth. The author of 13 books, Reich is featured in the award-winning...

Renowned Economist Robert Reich to Headline Broadbent Institute Gala

TORONTOThe Broadbent Institute’s second annual Progress Gala, taking place November 20 at Toronto's historic Maple Leaf Gardens, will feature keynote speaker Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. He will be speaking about inequality.

Hugh Segal, Master of the University of Toronto’s Massey College, will conduct a Q&A with Reich following the keynote address to an audience of policy makers and...

Conservatives propose family tax policy for a bygone era

OTTAWA—The Conservative government's new tax package is a throwback to an earlier era that stands to deepen inequality and will do little to alleviate child care costs, the Broadbent Institute says.

The revised income splitting scheme, which will now cap benefits at $2,000 with a price tag of $12.65 billion over six years, remains fundamentally unequal. Half of families with children under 18 – the target of the Mad Men style scheme – will receive no benefit whatsoever, even though the scheme will cost nearly half of the total package announced.

This includes the one...

Right-leaning charities reporting zero "political" activity raises new questions about CRA’s auditing program

Report shows inquiry needed to examine CRA processes to ensure transparency and fairness

OTTAWA—...

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