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A 2023 Holiday Message from Ed Broadbent


Greetings Friends,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits.

As we usher in the holiday season and look forward to a new year, it's good to reflect upon our guiding principles and the pressing challenges that urgently beckon our collective action.

The Broadbent Institute’s story began over a decade ago, rooted in a singular vision of building a more just and equitable Canada. A vision where democracy, equality, and sustainability aren’t just words, but lived realities.

Today, as we stand at the cusp of 2024, Canada faces significant challenges. A worsening affordability crisis, right-wing extremism, and historic levels of cynicism, created an environment where leaders like Doug Ford, Danielle SmithPierre Poilievre, and Donald Trump are emboldened. Thankfully, we at the Broadbent Institute are purpose built to meet these challenges head-on.

But without support from Canadians like you, we couldn’t continue our fight for a better future for you and your family. That’s why I’m reaching out to you today to ask for your support bolstering our Solidarity Fund with a generous donation before December 31.

Why now?

Moments like these test our commitment to the cause. The very fabric of Canada’s society is being challenged and it’s in these times that your support and our mission become even more critical. We’re reaching out now, as the new year beckons, because this moment matters. Thanks to support from people like you, we’ve been able to deliver wins like:

  • Training and nurturing new voices through our Emerging Leaders program. With your support, we can expand this program and equip even more progressive leaders with the skills, tools, and network they need to guide Canada towards a brighter, more inclusive future.

  • Delivering tangible, data-driven solutions to address issues ranging from grocery prices, housing crisis to climate change, through our foundational policy work. With your support, we can continue to deliver the thought-provoking and pragmatic analysis that you’ve come to expect from the Broadbent Institute.

  • Shine a light on the dark corners of right-wing extremism in Canada through PressProgress, our beacon in investigative journalism. As misinformation continues to plague our discourse, the role of PressProgress delivering news and information to millions of Canadians becomes ever vital and your support can help us expand PressProgress to cover even more stories that matter to your community.

Fighting right-wing extremists, training the next generation of progressive leaders and solutions based policy is critically important work—now more than ever. Please consider supporting our mission before the end of the year. Until December 31st, every dollar you donate to our Solidarity Fund will be matched by our dedicated partners, amplifying your impact.

Our vision for 2024:

  • Media: Expand Press Progress’s reach by going from four full-time reporters to five, and continue our work diving deep into the issues that other media outlets won’t.

  • Training: At the 2024 Progress Summit, train new organizers and establish an even more robust leaders network, cementing the foundation for our future.

  • Policy: Our new journal, Perspectives, will bring together exceptional thinkers with fresh points of view, addressing the pressing and timely concerns affecting us all.

Our fight won’t be easy. We’re up against an environment where misinformation thrives, and extremism is finding a footing. However, your support is the bedrock on which we can build a resilient, informed, and united Canada.

Together, let’s make 2024 a year of solutions and solidarity.

Wishing you peace, prosperity, and warmth this holiday season.

Warmest regards,

Ed Broadbent

 Founder  Jen HassumExecutive Director


PS: The first 75 donors who either contribute $250 or join the Friends of Progress with a monthly gift of $20 or more will receive a special thank you letter and a signed copy of Ed Broadbent’s book. Donate today as quantities are limited!