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Michael Penny

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Michael Penny brings a unique and valuable skill set to the role Development Officer.

Michael earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He brings years of service of professional experience in policy and market research data collection in the private sector.

Posts & Activities by Michael Penny


  • Research Reports A-Z

    GrnEntrpnrpng.png  A Green Entrepreneurial State as Solution to Climate Federalism


    Snrs.png  An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors


    Elctrl4All.png  An Electoral System for All


    TFSA.png  Behind the Headlines: Who’s Really Benefiting From Higher TFSA Limits?


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    ElecRefrm.png  Canadian Electoral Reform: Public Opinion on Possible Alternatives


    ABcoal.png  Climate, Health, and Alberta’s Coal-Fired Power Plants


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    DblTrbl.png  Double Trouble: The Case Against Expanding Tax-Free Savings Accounts


    Grnjotmrw.png  Green Jobs for Tomorrow


    Hvs_HvNts.png  Haves and Have-Nots: Deep and Persistent Wealth Inequality in Canada


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    CdnVlues.png  Polling: Canadian Values are Progressive Values


    prgstrmp.png Progress Summit 2017: Progress in the Age of Trump


    SocDemo.png  Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition


    RtChrties.png  Right-leaning charities continue to claim 0% political activity to CRA


    stpchng.png  Step Change - Federal Policy Toward a Low-Carbon Canada


    HrpersCRA.png  Stephen Harper's CRA: Selective Audits, "Political Activity" and Right-Leaning Charities


    CRAsubm.png  Submission: CRA's online consultation on charities’ political activities


    Big_plit.png  The Big Split: Income Splitting's Unequal Distribution of Benefits Across Canada


    brstx.png  The Brass Tax: Busting myths about overtaxed Canadians


    infrBC.png  The Economic Benefits of Public Infrastructure Spending in British Columbia


    infra.png  The Economic Benefits of Public Infrastructure Spending in Canada


    MlnllDlg.png  The Millennial Dialogue Report


    gilded.png  The Return of the Gilded Age: Consequences, Causes and Solutions


    SocDemCdnFed.png  "The Social Democracy of Canadian Federalism" by Tom Kent


    WlthTx.png  The Wealth Gap: Perceptions and Misconceptions in Canada


    disablBC.png  Toward Adequate Income Assistance for People with Disabilities in British Columbia


    Equal.png  Towards a More Equal Canada


    UnionComm.png  Union Communities, Healthy Communities




  • Devon Crick

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    Devon Crick is in love with social justice.

    He believes that there is nothing that we cannot accomplish if we work together towards a common goal.

    He believes that Social Democracy is worth believing in; that it is rooted in an important historical tradition of constant struggle, hope for a better tomorrow and a tireless sense of determination to create a better world for all us.

    Some would say that he is a people person.

    Devon has a BA in Law (Hons) & over ten years of experience in fundraising and training for different non-profits, consultancies & associations.


  • Change the Game

    At a time when far-right conservative forces are gaining strength around the world and here at home, we must reinforce our progressive foundation with smart policy research that can take on the challenge.

    We need to develop and promote social democratic ideas, values and policies far and wide.  The Broadbent Institute’s Policy and Research work is vital now more than ever.  

    Your support for this fund will help ensure the continued growth and vitality of our ideas and the education of a new dynamic generation of leaders.

    Policy and Research funding makes our work taking on the right-wing think tanks possible. 

    Please make your contribution today.

    Thank you.

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  • Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition

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    Download the full report here: Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition 


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    Reader's Guide

    The purpose of Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition is to provide a political history, overview and critical evaluation of the social democratic tradition in Western politics - and in Canada in particular - in this moment of upheaval, inequality and decline in democracies around the globe.

    The paper serves as a starting point for the Broadbent Institute’s project Change the Game and seeks to shed light on some fundamental questions:

    • What is social democracy?

    • What gains can we attribute to it, and are they still relevant today?

    • Who benefitted from social democracy and what has been lost as the social democratic project has lost ground?

    This reader’s guide offers a summary of the paper and provides some key questions for reader’s to ask and consider as they read.

    What is social democracy?

    The term social democracy designates both a social and political movement and a distinctive political theory that developed in opposition to liberal capitalism in the second half of the nineteenth century. As used here, the term social democracy means the full extension of democratic principles to both the social and economic sphere and overlaps closely with the concept of democratic socialism, which denotes building a different kind of economy.

    Social democracy is about more than capitalism plus a welfare state, and very much remains a goal rather than a reality.

    The historical roots of social democracy lie in the movements of the industrial working class and the ideas of socialist opponents of liberal capitalism. Social democracy thus has a more tangential and more recent relationship to feminism, anti-racism, the environmental movement and struggles for the recognition of disability rights and Indigenous rights. Social democratic renewal is very much about building deeper linkages to other social movements promoting equality and recognition of differences other than those based upon social class.

    Social democracy’s evolution

    The first section of the paper (see page six) explores the relationship between social democracy and the rise of social citizenship and the recognition of economic and social rights. While social democrats can take a great deal of credit for the (temporary and contested) transformation of liberal capitalism into the Keynesian welfare state, this was not exclusively a social democratic achievement. Moreover, social democrats advanced a distinctive view of the welfare state with rights to education, health and welfare based upon citizenship as opposed to much more narrowly targeted and residual social programs. Social democrats also supported a strong labour movement as a key foundation for equality and economic democracy.

    The social democratic tradition has recognized that inequality of both condition and opportunity is rooted in the concentrated ownership of private capital and in the fact that the logic of capital accumulation limits the workings of political democracy. Until well into the post-war period, economic democracy in the sense of social ownership and regulation of private capital was very much on the social democratic agenda.

    The second section of the paper (see page 13) looks at the historical development of the social democratic political movement from the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century until the Golden Age of the immediate post-war years. Prior to the First World War, the expansion of labour and democratic rights led to increased political representation and socialists had to come to terms with the fact that capitalism was capable of both advancing working-class living standards and implementing social reforms, contrary to the tenets of orthodox Marxism.

    Socialism came to be seen by some reformists as a goal to be achieved gradually through the political institutions of liberal democracy, as opposed to a moment of transition. The division between democratic and revolutionary socialists became explicit after the Bolshevik Revolution, but democratic socialists and social democrats retained a vision of a post-capitalist economy. The Great Depression and a divided left kept democratic socialism mainly on the sidelines in the 1930s, with the exception of Swedish social democracy, which promoted Keynesian policies and the expansion of the welfare state.

    The third section (see page 21) of the paper examines social democracy from the heyday of the Keynesian welfare state to the Great Recession of 2008. The post-war period saw the implementation of many social democratic policies and a significant decrease in economic and social inequality alongside full employment and strong economic growth. This seemingly confirmed that capitalism could coexist with the recognition of labour and economic and social rights, leading many to reject socialism in the sense of social ownership as an ultimate goal. This shift also took place against the backdrop of the rise of a skilled middle class, the decline of the traditional industrial working class, the mass entry of women into the workforce and, perhaps, a more individualist political culture.

    The heyday of social democracy was also marked by the rise of the new social movements and a new left calling for fundamental change, including the pursuit of less material goals than traditional social democracy. The emergence of stagflation (high inflation combined with rising unemployment) in the 1970s set the stage for the return of more market orthodoxy (free-market liberalism, or neoliberalism), including the attack on full employment, government regulation, the labour movement and the welfare state by the political Right. Democratic socialists saw greater socialization of private investment and a major role for public investment as the means to maintain economic growth and full employment, but many social democrats increasingly embraced neo-liberal ideas, albeit with an emphasis on maintaining past advances and maintaining equality of opportunity.

    The final section of the paper (see page 36) very briefly summarizes current prospects for social democracy at a time when neoliberalism has clearly failed to deliver shared economic and social progress. The key elements of an alternative economic and social agenda exist, including an emphasis on new forms of social ownership, the importance of public investment, and the central importance of environmental transition. A renewed social democracy will also mean building a broad social movement for change in close alliance with other movements including feminist and anti-racist movements.

    Key questions:

    1. What were the primary innovations of social democracy?

    2. Do you agree with the definition of social democracy? What does it leave out?

    3. What were/are the blind spots of social democracy? Did social democracy reinforce or create barriers and discrimination?

    4. What is the relationship between social movements, trade unions and political parties in the creation of social democracy?

    5. Is social democracy fundamentally at odds with neo-liberalism?

    6. How can social democracy become an inclusive project allied with other left movements?


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    Download the full report here: Reflections on the Social Democratic Tradition 


  • Summit Media

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    Accreditation provides access to all Progress Summit 2017 panels, keynotes, evening social events, and our on-site media-filing room with Wi-Fi access. Note that our main stage will be equipped with a media riser and feed boxes.

    If you're unable to attend the conference in person, simply contact our media team for support. We can help set up interviews, provide summit information, and share media releases. You can also follow us on Twitter @Broadbent for the latest news about Progress Summit 2017.

    Media inquiries and interview requests can be directed to:

    communications [at] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca

    Please fill out the accreditation application form:


  • Leadership & Training Scholarship Fund

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    At a time when far-right conservative forces are gaining strength around the world and here at home, we must reinforce our progressive foundation with campaigners equipped to take on the challenge.

    The Broadbent Institute is pleased to announce the establishment of a permanent Leadership and Training Scholarship to assist emerging leaders’ with resources they need to achieve success.

    Your sustained support for this fund will help ensure the continued growth and vitality of our movement and the education of a new dynamic generation of leaders.

    Each of our valued scholarship fund donors will receive special leadership event invitations, state of the art online organizing tools, an

    There is no better investment for your political action dollar than the support of an emerging community leader.  

    I hope you’ll sign up.

     

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  • CLC green jobs report maps out green industrial transformation

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    In this submission to the federal government's consultations on climate change, the Canadian Labour Congress makes 10 recommendations that will lower Canada's greenhouse gas emissions and facilitate a green industrial transformation. If the federal government is serious about its Paris commitments, it must also be serious about a just transition, skills training and jobs development, the report argues.


     

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  • Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform

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    The Broadbent Institute, a leading voice for proportional representation in Canada, submitted a written brief to the special parliamentary on electoral reform. Read about the endemic problems with our first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system in a modern, multiparty context - notably, false majorities, distorted outcomes, wasted votes and the underrepresentation of women and other groups - and why the Institute is advocating for a made-in-Canada proportional representative system.


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    Download the Broadbent Institute's Submission to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform



  • Summit 2016 | Participant Survey

    The Progress Summit is fast approaching. We can’t wait to join together for three days of networking, learning and training. In advance of Progress Summit 2016, we are hoping you will share more about yourself with us to get the most out of your attendance. 

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  • Happy 80th Birthday Ed Broadbent!

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    We will hand deliver Ed's messages to him - help us make his 80th special.

    Ed has been working for a more inclusive, fair and just Canada for more than 50 years. On his 80th Birthday, let’s celebrate his life & accomplishments! 

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  • Your Vote Should Count

    Canadians have a problem with our electoral system: it produces false majorities, exaggerates regional divisions and leaves huge numbers of voters without a voice in Parliament. It is time for change. Canada needs a fair voting system in which every vote counts.

    The Broadbent Institute is leading the fight for a proportional representation voting system - an electoral system that is fairrepresentative, and engaging. We are working to ensure that the Liberal government honours its commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using our outdated first-past-the-vote system.

    Let's not get this wrong or make our unfair system even worse. Let's replace it with a fair voting system based on a simple principle: the number of seats held by a party in the House of Commons closely matches their actual level of support throughout the country.


  • Help Justin Trudeau keep his promise!

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that the 2015 federal election was the last one using first-past-the-post.

    Justin Trudeau promised that a new voting system would ensure “every vote counts”. 

    Only a Proportional Representation voting system can honour this promise.

    Every donation we receive will be dedicated to promoting Proportional Representation - every donation will count.

    Together, we can win!

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    As a non-profit organization, we rely solely upon the support of people like you: progressive individuals & organizations who believe in the need for a strong Canadian democracy.

    Note: Due to our political work, the Broadbent Institute is not a registered charity. We are unable to provide donors with charitable receipts.

    To view our refund policy, please click here.