Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 29, 2014 10:17 AM
Broadbent Institute and Equal Voice to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister
OTTAWA—Equal Voice and the Broadbent Institute are hosting a special event tonight to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard this weekend. Equal Voice, a national organization dedicated to the election of women in Canada, will name Ms. Gillard a Global Champion for Women in Politics. Ms. Gillard is in Ottawa as the keynote speaker at the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit.
“We are so pleased to have the opportunity to honour Ms. Gillard for her remarkable leadership. She is only one of only very few women to ever lead a G20 country and we are delighted to seize this opportunity to celebrate her,” notes Raylene Lang-Dion, National Chair of Equal Voice.
Ms. Gillard served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, and the Australian Labor Party leader, from 2010 to 2013 by forming a coalition government. She was the first woman to hold either position. During her tenure, she did not shy away from calling out sexist behaviour from other politicians in the legislature. In 2013, she lost the party leadership to Kevin Rudd.
“Ms. Gillard is a role model for women in politics and public life,” said Kathleen Monk, Senior Advisor at the Broadbent Institute. “A capable leader whose government ushered in many progressive social and environmental policies, such as paid parental leave, Australia’s first national program for people with disabilities and carbon pricing.”
A small number of tickets remain available for tonight’s event. They can be purchased on site on location at the Delta Hotel, Penthouse suite located at 101 Lyon Street North. Tickets are $50. All proceeds after costs will go to advancing women in politics.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 29, 2014 4:30 AM
Canadian musicians to rock the capital
OTTAWA–Women from around the world will take centre stage as the Broadbent Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit kicks off its first full day in Ottawa.
Following a speech by Broadbent Institute chair Ed Broadbent laying out the paths to build a progressive Canada, three keynote speakers will take the floor through the day, beginning with Mariana Mazzucato of the University of Sussex talking about the economics of innovation. Mazzucato, author of The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, will be followed by Axelle Lemaire, a Canadian-born French National Assemblywoman.
The summit’s main keynote takes place at 4:30 p.m. Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will discuss the future of progressive politics. Following her keynote address, the Broadbent Institute and Equal Voice will host a special event to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
In the evening, Canadian musician Sarah Harmer, along with Toronto’s Blurred Vision and Sally Folk of Montreal, will take the stage to entertain summit participants.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 28, 2014 5:38 AM
OTTAWA–Progressives from across Canada are gathering in Ottawa for the next three days to map out a fair, sustainable and prosperous Canadian economy.
“Convening a gathering of Canada’s most impressive thinkers and leaders for the Institute’s inaugural Progress Summit is a role I cherish,” said Ed Broadbent, chair of the Broadbent Institute.
“We are dedicated to finding the best way forward for a more equal Canada, and I am optimistic that coming out of this Summit we will have real policy answers for the challenges and opportunities facing our country.”
Throughout the weekend, participants will be learning from the best and the brightest from Canada and around the world, including keynote speaker Julia Gillard, the former Prime Minister of Australia.
“The best ideas come through vigorous discussion and debate,” said Rick Smith, the Broadbent Institute’s Executive Director. “The Summit won’t disappoint -- and will no doubt inform the nation’s policy debates and give new momentum to the Canadian progressive movement.”
The summit will focus on shared prosperity, building a green economy and democratic renewal. Leading organizers and experts in online engagement will share their expertise on how to craft winning campaigns.
There is also a focus on celebrating women in politics, with all four keynotes being prominent women. In addition, the Broadbent Institute and Equal Voice are hosting a reception on Saturday evening for Gillard. Australia’s first female Prime Minister will be named an Equal Voice Global Champion for women in politics.
The summit kicks off with a welcome reception Friday evening and wraps up on Sunday afternoon. On Saturday night, Canadian musicians Sarah Harmer, Blurred Vision and Sally Folk of Montreal are performing for participants.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 26, 2014 8:00 PM
Broadbent Institute and Equal Voice to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister
OTTAWA—Equal Voice and the Broadbent Institute will host a special event to celebrate Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard this weekend. Ms. Gillard will offer remarks on her career in politics and Equal Voice, a national organization dedicated to the election of women in Canada, will name Ms. Gillard a Global Champion for Women in Politics.
WHO: Former Australian PM Julia Gillard; Equal Voice’s National Chair Raylene Lang-Dion; and the Broadbent Institute’s Kathleen Monk
WHAT: Remarks by Former Australian PM Julia Gillard, followed by a cocktail reception
DATE: Saturday, March 29, 2014
TIME: 6:15pm – 8pm
LOCATION: Delta Hotel, Penthouse 101 Lyon St N OTTAWA, ONTARIO
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 25, 2014 5:34 AM
Fellows to share expertise and experiences with budding leaders
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute today announced its first Leadership Fellows -- a talented and diverse group of 18 leaders from across Canada who will share their expertise and experiences with the next generation of Canadian leaders.
“Together, the Leadership Fellows will strengthen the Institute’s ability to support the growth of the progressive movement in Canada,” said Graham Mitchell, the Broadbent Institute’s Director of Training and Leadership.
The inaugural group of Leadership Fellows, part of the expansion of the Institute’s Training and Leadership Program, are:
Tzeporah Berman, strategic advisor for environmental organizations
Tsering Dolma, Community Outreach Coordinator of the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
Lois Corbett, environmental consultant
Judy Duncan, head organizer and Executive Director of ACORN Canada
Sara Ehrhardt, policy expert and public campaigner
Bob Gallagher, head of communications and political action for the United Steelworkers, LGBTQ activist
Raymond Guardia, campaign manager and current Deputy Chief of Staff for Projet Montréal
Jennifer Hollett, award-winning broadcast journalist and digital expert
John Laschinger, veteran campaign manager and author
Brad Lavigne, consultant, media commentator, author and former campaign manager
Allan Gregg, leading research professional and social commentator
Trevor McKenzie-Smith, campaigner and electoral geographer
Gillian McEachern, environmental campaigner
Kevin Millsip, co-founder and director of Next Up
Tracey Mitchell, community-based facilitator, writer and activist
Jason Mogus, digital strategist and campaigner
Bob Penner, pollster and leading research professional
Robin Sears, consultant, media commentator and former campaign manager
"They have experience as campaign managers, strategists, tacticians, communicators, innovators, pollsters, public servants, and much more," added Mitchell. "Their work on a variety of issues has made this country a better place, so we’re excited about sharing their expertise with a new generation of campaigners.”
The Broadbent Institute's first Leadership Fellows are also joined by five new Policy Fellows, who join an already impressive roster of leading academics and policy experts that help inform the Institute’s research and policy agenda.
From March 28-30 in Ottawa, the Broadbent Institute is holding its first annual Progress Summit. Learn more at www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/summit. The Institute is also holding a pre-summit Training and Leadership session in Ottawa with Mitch Stewart, founding partner of 270 Strategies and Battleground States Director for the Obama for America campaign in the 2012 presidential general election.
For more information, please contact:
Mike Fancie, Broadbent Institute
mfancie[at] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca or 613-866-3606
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 24, 2014 3:43 PM
OTTAWA—Leading thinkers in Canada will be meeting in Ottawa this week for a summit where they will map a path to a fair, sustainable and prosperous Canadian economy. The Broadbent Institute’s first annual Progress Summit will be held Friday, March 28 to Sunday, March 30 at the Delta Ottawa.
Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia Mariana Mazzucato, author of "The Entrepreneurial State"
Anastasia Khoo, Marketing Director, Human Rights Campaign
Axelle Lemaire, Quebec-born French National Assemblywoman for Northern Europe
Ed Broadbent, Chair, Broadbent Institute
Don Drummond, professor at Queen’s University and Canadian economist
Alex Himelfarb, former Privy Council Clerk
Mitch Stewart, 270 Strategies Founding Partner and Battleground States Director for the 2012 Obama for America campaign
Posted by NationBuilder Support · March 11, 2014 4:20 AM
Survey highlights millennials’ fears and boomers’ worries about precarious work
OTTAWA—In an innovative survey of both millennials and boomer parents, a poll asked two generations their thoughts about their economic future and the policies affecting it. Both young people in the workforce and their parents expressed deep unease about a future of precarious, low-benefit work.
The poll, conducted by Abacus Data for the Broadbent Institute, shows only a minority in both groups believe the economic opportunities of young people will be better than the boomer generation. And a majority of millennials and boomers don’t trust corporations to create good jobs in Canada, even as governments enact policies businesses want.
“Without a change in direction, Canada won’t see one generation leaving things better for the next,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute. “Young people think income inequality will grow in their lifetime, while their parents worry about how the social programs they’ll need in retirement will be paid for.”
The poll’s key findings:
There are four times as many millennials who think they will face contract work than what baby boomers report they faced in their life.
Boomers are more likely to think their children will slip in economic class than are millennials when asked about their future economic status; and about half (49%) of boomers believe economic opportunities are worse for their children than when they were their children's age.
Only a small minority of millennials (21%) and boomers (15%) believe corporations will work harder to make sure good jobs are created in Canada; large majorities in both groups believe corporations will concentrate more on their profits, even if good jobs aren’t created.
Millennials are three times as likely to think income inequality will grow than narrow in their lifetime.
A majority of boomers fear their children’s generation won’t be able to pay for social programs they will need in retirement.
"These findings show people are skeptical that corporations will create good jobs in Canada. They believe most people will be worse off if the government continues to withdraw and turns to individuals to make up the difference,” said Smith. “The survey is a wake-up call about the need for a new deal for today’s youth.”
The Abacus Data survey surveyed 983 Canadians aged 20-30 in the job market — millennials — and 1,064 people aged 50-65 — baby boomers — with at least one child aged 20or older. The online survey was completed from February 6-10, 2014.
From March 28-30 in Ottawa, the Broadbent Institute will hold its first annual Progress Summit — a high-profile event that will bring together an exciting group of policy experts from across Canada and around the world. The issue of youth unemployment will be top of the agenda for this event. Learn more at www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/summit.
For more information, please contact:
Mike Fancie, Broadbent Institute 613-866-3606 or mfancie [at ] broadbentinstitute [dot] ca
Posted by NationBuilder Support · February 13, 2014 4:32 AM
Broadbent Institute congratulates Gillard, looks forward to her participation in the Summit
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute is delighted by the news that former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was named yesterday to lead the Global Partnership for Education, an international initiative to provide quality childhood education in developing countries. Gillard is giving the keynote speech at the Institute's Progress Summit in Ottawa on March 29th.
Gillard will be joined as a keynote speaker by economist and author Mariana Mazzucato, Canadian-born French MP Axelle Lemaire, and Human Rights Campaign's Director of Marketing Anastasia Khoo. A dynamic roster of panel speakers will also add their voices to the debate on fairer and more sustainable approaches to building a prosperous 21st century Canadian economy.
"Progressives like Julia Gillard will offer unique perspectives on cutting-edge ideas," said Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith. "The summit is all about bringing together top-notch policy experts to provide an innovative and tangible contribution to the Canadian public policy debate."
The Progress Summit will take place from March 28-30 in Ottawa. The latest speakers list, including keynote speaker biographies and photos, is available online at www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/summit.
For more information, or to request media accreditation, please contact:
Mike Fancie, Broadbent Institute 613-866-3606 or mfancie at broadbentinstitute dot ca
Posted by NationBuilder Support · February 10, 2014 5:21 AM
OTTAWA—Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith will be available in Ottawa to react to the 2014 federal budget. The budget is widely expected to contain few measures that address growing inequality.
DATE: Tuesday, February 11, at 4 pm EST
LOCATION: Reaction Room (Room 253-D Centre Block, Parliament Hill)
WHO: Rick Smith, Broadbent Institute Executive Director (613-866-3606) The Broadbent Institute recently launched a campaign reduce inequality in Canada. Learn more: www.broadbentinstitute.ca/madmengiveaway.
Posted by NationBuilder Support · February 04, 2014 4:19 AM
OTTAWA—As the Conservative government prepares to introduce a Mad Men-style tax giveaway after the federal budget is balanced, the Broadbent Institute today launched an information campaign against the proposed $3 billion handout for Canada’s wealthiest families.
"It’s absurd that the Conservatives plan to take a $3 billion surplus and spend it on a tax giveaway to high-income families — it’s as though the government is trying to recreate a society straight out of an episode of Mad Men," said Executive Director Rick Smith. "Today we are taking the first step in speaking out against the proposed Conservative family income splitting plan that will exacerbate inequality in Canada."
Under the Conservative plan, a two-parent family with children under 18 will be allowed to split up to $50,000 of their income for tax purposes.
"An analysis of the plan shows 86% of Canadians, including single mothers and low-income parents in the lowest tax bracket, will receive no benefit whatsoever from the scheme," added Smith. "And the top 5% of families would see more benefit than the bottom 60% of families."
As part of the campaign, the Broadbent Institute is launching a contest asking Canadians how they would invest the money lost to income splitting. "The Broadbent Institute will be making it a priority over the months ahead to draw attention to income inequality and the terrible ways income splitting threatens to make this problem much worse," said Smith.