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Anti-union bill shows Conservative disregard for evidence, democratic institutions

Canadians like their labour law the way they like their touques – sturdy and designed to protect. 

As a result, Canadian lawmakers have a long history of consulting with labour and business before tinkering with existing law. This ensures predictability for employers and workers, and has been a hallmark of the Canadian system. A system that is internationally regarded as effective, fair, and most...

Statement on the passage of Bill C-525

The Conservative government ended the 2014 Parliamentary session with another attack on Canada’s democratic institutions with Tuesday’s passage of Bill C-525 in the Senate.

The intention of the private member’s bill by backbench Conservative MP Blaine Calkins is to make it harder for workers in federally regulated workplaces to unionize and easier for a minority of workers to decertify unions.

With the full backing of Stephen Harper and the Conservative cabinet, the...

High household debt threatens recovery

The Bank of Canada has once again warned that high levels of household debt “present a significant risk to financial stability.” But rising consumer and mortgage debt remain major drivers of the economy. This is not as it should be.

In a textbook capitalist economy, growth should be led by investment. Credit financing of investment increases demand in the economy, while also raising productivity. This sets the stage for higher wages, higher levels of consumer spending, and further...