Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith available to comment on electoral reform consultations

 

 

OTTAWA—Executive Director Rick Smith is in Ottawa and available to comment on the federal government’s announcement Wednesday of the appointment of a special parliamentary committee to study alternate voting systems.

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Canada’s largest unions join campaign for proportional representation

 

 

Big boost to the Every Voter Counts Alliance just as federal government gets set to launch electoral reform consultations

OTTAWA — The country’s largest unions are joining the fight for proportional representation to make sure every voter counts in the next federal election.

Unifor, United Steelworkers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are among the newest supporters of the Every Voter Counts Alliance. Together, they represent over 1.3 million people.

Launched in February with 16 organizations showing wide, multi-partisan support for proportional representation as the only way to fix what’s wrong with Canada’s broken voting system, organizational support for the Every Voter Counts Alliance has more than doubled in just six weeks.

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Young campaigner awarded the Jack Layton Progress Prize for No Tax on Tampons campaign

 

 

Winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Excellence in Policy Research stands out for her research on precarious work

OTTAWA — Charles Taylor and Olivia Chow on Saturday awarded two leaders in policy research and campaigning with prizes named after two great Canadians at the country's flagship progressive policy conference.

Jill Piebiak, who spearheaded the successful No Tax on Tampons campaign last year, accepted the Jack Layton Progress Prize on behalf of Canadian Menstruators, an organization founded by Piebiak to press the federal government to eliminate tax on tampons; the group secured over 70,000 signatures on an online petition as part of a larger winning campaign.

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Largest annual progressive politics conference kicks off with call to bring fair voting system to Canada

 

 

Ed Broadbent warns 1,000 progressives of dangers of getting electoral reform wrong

OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent on Friday kicked off the country's flagship progressive policy conference with a call for progressives to make sure the next election is held under a proportional voting system.

Speaking to 1,000 people at the sold out conference, Broadbent called on delegates to seize this “once-in-a-generation opportunity for progressive change, an opportunity to ensure we have a fair voting system in which every voter counts, in which every citizen has a real opportunity to elect a candidate according to his or her values.

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Gloria Steinem to headline Canada’s largest annual progressive policy conference

 

 

1,000 progressives descending on national capital this week for sold out #prgrs16

OTTAWA — The Broadbent Institute is hosting the country’s flagship conference for progressives. The mix of training and policy sessions from top international organizers and thought leaders at Progress Summit 2016 will showcase the pulse and strength of Canada’s progressive movement and offer solutions to shape the future.

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Federal budget falls short on fair tax agenda

 

 

OTTAWA—The 2016-17 federal budget is a missed opportunity to implement a fair tax agenda and build Canada’s shrunken fiscal capacity that is needed to fight inequality, the Broadbent Institute says.                                                                       

The new Canada Child Benefit is welcomed, as is a commitment to enhance the Canada Pension Plan and funding to consult Canadians on electoral reform. The new income tax cut, however, is ill-advised as it will deliver half of all the benefits to the top 10% of income earners, with two-thirds of Canadians not receiving any benefit at all because they don’t earn enough; the increase to the top income tax rate applicable to the top 1% earning more than $200,000 will not fully offset the tax cut.

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Gloria Steinem to headline Canada’s largest annual progressive policy conference

 

 

OTTAWA — The Broadbent Institute is hosting the country’s flagship conference for progressives. The mix of training and policy sessions from top international organizers and thought leaders at Progress Summit 2016 will showcase the pulse and strength of Canada’s progressive movement and offer solutions to shape the future.

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New myth-busting report spells out case for proportional representation

 

 

 

OTTAWA — Nine million votes were wasted in the 2015 election under Canada’s winner-take-all electoral system – that’s more than the populations of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Atlantic provinces combined, according to a new electoral reform primer outlining why the principle of proportionality must underpin the government’s promise to bring in voting reform by the next federal election.

An electoral system for all: Why Canada should adopt proportional representation, authored by University of British Columbia political scientist David Moscrop, was commissioned by the Broadbent Institute after the newly elected Liberal government promised that the 2015 federal election would be the last one using first-past-the-post.

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Organizations launch Every Voter Counts Alliance and kick-off campaign for proportional representation

 

 

OTTAWA — The Every Voter Counts Alliance launched Thursday -- showcasing wide, multi-partisan support for proportional representation as the only way to fix what’s wrong with Canada’s broken voting system.

The Alliance brings together organizations and individuals in support of a fair voting system in which every vote counts, independent of party interests. Supporting organizations include ACORN-Canada, Broadbent Institute, Canadian Federation of Students, Canadian Labour Congress, Council of Canadians, Democracy Watch, Équiterre, Fair Vote Canada, Groupe Femmes, Politique et Démocratie, Institut du Nouveau Monde, Leadnow, Mouvement démocratie nouvelle, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Unlock Democracy, and YWCA Canada.

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Canadians approaching retirement with totally inadequate savings, seniors’ poverty rates increasing: new study

 

 

OTTAWA — The value of retirement assets of those aged 55 to 64 without an employer pension - representing about half in this age cohort in Canada - is wholly inadequate, with a median value of only $250 for those earning between $25,000 and $50,000 and $21,000 for those with incomes in the $50,000 and $100,000 range, a new study has found.

An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors, authored by statistician Richard Shillington of Tristat Resources and released by the Broadbent Institute, also shows the Old Age Security (OAS) and Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) guarantee levels are falling behind and trends in income sources for seniors suggest that high poverty rates among seniors will further increase. The poverty rates for single seniors are already high, especially for women with a rate of nearly 30 per cent.

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