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Doug Ford’s decision to slash Toronto City Council is a call to action for progressives

Some characterize Premier Ford’s disruption of Toronto’s city council elections as an abuse of power; but I would say he’s using the power of his office in a majority government to advance a specific set of interests – exactly why he vied for that power in the first place. The self-styled man “for the people” wants to prevent the people from using our democratic process to achieve material changes in their lives.

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Talk of “the end of jobs” hides real labour market issues

There is a lot of talk these days about the end of jobs and the decimation of traditional employment due to rapid technological change, the much feared rise of the robots, and the emergence of new and more insecure forms of work in the so-called gig economy. But the statistics suggest that the extent of real change in the job market to date has been greatly exaggerated by many pundits.

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U.S.-China spat offers chance for realignment of global trade order

This article originally appeared in the Globe & Mail

What kind of new global order do Canadians want to shape? 

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There should be a fully independent public inquiry to prevent any repeat of the injustice done to Hassan Diab

This Article originally appeared in the Globe & Mail.

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Broadbent Reads: Trumpocracy by David Frum

In David Frum’s recently published book, Trumpocracy –  The Corruption of the American Republic, Frum explores the conditions that allowed for President Donald Trump to take over the oval office. However, Frum seems to have missed the mark, by failing to appropriately cite the rise of inequality and neo-liberalism as the primary drivers of Trump’s victory.   

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The Power Lab - Strengthening local organizing for fair economies

Introducing the Power Lab, led by Broadbent Institute’s Director of Leadership & Training, Alejandra Bravo.

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The problem with cities asking for a share of the marijuana tax


This article originally appeared in Maclean's on December 21st, 2017. 
Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Broadbent Institute's Senior Policy Research Analyst.

Municipalities’ requests for marijuana money to bolster police budgets will require a hard look at the impact of the drug’s criminalization.

 

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Don’t let supply management myths spoil the milk

This article originally appeared in the Globe & Mail.

The way Canadian dairy farmers are portrayed in the NAFTA debate might lead you to believe they drive Porsches to the milking barns. Farmers who own quota in our food system, where dairy along with poultry fall under supply management, are often portrayed as a lobby group rather than people we rely on for food security.

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Doug Ford and the contradictions of right-wing populism

The election of the new Conservative government in Ontario has been widely seen as a victory for the populist right. Certainly the new Premier, Doug Ford, claims to speak for “the little guy” in opposition to the so-called “liberal elites.” But, like Donald Trump and right-wing populists in Europe, he is likely to disappoint many of his supporters since he lacks a coherent economic strategy that will truly benefit his base.

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Broadbent Reads: Pierre Trudeau, the Liberals and the Social Democratic Left

What is the true nature of the Liberal Party of Canada? Is it a genuinely progressive party of the centre-left, worthy of the support of those pushing for a more equal and inclusive society? Or is it essentially a party of the status quo which campaigns from the left but generally governs from the right? These questions have a rich historical dimension which remains relevant today.

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