The Broadbent Blog


Disclaimer: the opinions expressed herein are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Institute.

Fighting the ills of corporate concentration


Economics textbooks generally begin with a simple model in which prices of goods and services are determined by supply and demand in competitive markets and firms are “price-takers.” Yet it is much closer to reality to view the world we live in as one in which a handful of very large companies dominate most markets and have the power to administer prices so as to earn well above average profits or “rents.”

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Leading the Change: Closing Remarks from Progress Summit 2017



In his opening, Ed urged us to think of the best defense as being a good offense.

I want to tell you I was thinking about that advice a couple of weeks ago on federal budget day.

I lost a bet with my colleagues that day because I was certain that the government would close at least one egregious tax loophole.

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Ed Broadbent: It's time to change the game

Broadbent_thumb.jpgEditor's note: The following is the text of Ed Broadbent's speech at Progress Summit 2017, delivered on April 6th. Check against delivery.

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Public investment and the innovation agenda


In response to recent rethinking of economic development policy, the 2017 federal budget announces a more interventionist innovation agenda. However, it marks only a modest shift in direction.

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Leadership lessons from the campaign trail


[Editor's note: The Broadbent Institute is excited to feature insights and lessons from members of our Leadership Network - people who have taken part in our training and leadership programs.] 

In late September 2016, I attended the Broadbent Institute’s Camp Progress Plus + in partnership with 270 Strategies.

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For future gender budgets, we need good data at the intersections


It has been a week since Budget 2017 was tabled, a budget that undertook, for the first time in Canada, a gender-based analysis.

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On Trumponomics and China


While Canadians are understandably focused on what the election of President Trump means for our bilateral trading relationship and the future of NAFTA, a much bigger issue for the global economy is the pending clash between the United States and China.

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2017 budget falters on progress, tax fairness


The major challenge for the federal government in the budget was to maintain its commitment to progressive social and economic policies in the face of criticism from the right for its supposedly profligate fiscal policies and unwise promises to make the tax system more progressive. The government was also urged to trim its sails in the face of pending tax cuts in the United States.

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Touchstones for a Progressive Federal Budget in the Age of Trump


The major challenge for the federal government in the budget expected this month is to maintain its commitment to progressive social and economic policies in the context of a major shift to the political right in the United States.

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We sent 9 Canadian organizers to the front lines in the US election


Here's what they learned.

The Broadbent Institute sent Canadian organizers and campaigners to the United States last fall to gain hands-on experience and insight into how Americans run campaigns.

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