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A reality check on "Tax Freedom Day"




New report shows that the average family tax rate is half what the Fraser Institute claims

 OTTAWA - Every June, the Fraser Institute proclaims a "Tax Freedom Day" to make the misleading claims that the average Canadian family pays a tax rate of over 40 per cent and that Canadians face an ever growing tax burden. A new study conducted for the Broadbent Institute  by Richard Shillington and Robin Shaban entitled The Brass Tax: Busting Myths About Overtaxed Canadians, provides compelling evidence that the Fraser Institute’s findings are problematic and paint a deceptive picture of typical Canadian tax rates. 

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Statement on NDP-Green Agreement in BC



VANCOUVER — The Broadbent Institute welcomes today’s announcement by BC NDP Leader John Horgan and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver of their agreement. The Institute, Canada’s leading progressive, independent organization, recognizes this historic opportunity for British Columbians to get the meaningful change that they voted for on the May 9th provincial election.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New poll: Canadians support major progressive reforms; want Trudeau government to stand up to Trump; want greater economic equality



OTTAWA — Today, exclusive new polling from Stratcom, commissioned by the Broadbent Institute, looking at Canadian opinion on economic security and levels of support for progressive policy measures was presented to hundreds of attendees at the sold-out Progress Summit 2017: Change the Game. The Broadbent Institute commissioned Stratcom to research current political attitudes among Canadians on issues of inequality and economic security, and in relation to the Trump presidency.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Canada’s largest annual progressive policy conference kicks off with call to change the game



Ed Broadbent warns progressives of dangers of complacency in the face of rising hate

OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent kicked off on Thursday the country’s flagship progressive policy conference with a call to change the game.

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Response to Budget 2017: Crumbs for Canadians



Budget 2017 explicitly recognizes income inequality as a concern but does virtually nothing to solve the problem.  

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Robust public investment in BC infrastructure would generate significant ROI, boost productivity, wages and competitiveness: New study



VANCOUVER — A major public infrastructure spending initiative from the next provincial government would generate a return on investment to British Columbians over the long term as high as $2.09 per dollar spent, trigger significant private sector investment, and stimulate wage increases, according to a new study by an independent economic modelling firm.

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Broadbent Institute and Douglas-Coldwell Foundation launch reflection on status of social democracy in Canada



OTTAWA — The Broadbent Institute and the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation are partnering to convene a national discussion on social democracy in Canada, on the occasion of our nation’s 150th birthday in 2017.

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Statement by Ed Broadbent on Liberals' Abandonment of Electoral Reform Commitment




Justin Trudeau’s promise that the 2015 election would be the last conducted under first-past-the-post could not have been clearer.  He and his government repeated it numerous times, including in the Speech from the Throne.

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Statement by Executive Director Rick Smith on electoral reform report



OTTAWA--The Broadbent Institute congratulates members of the electoral reform committee for rolling up their sleeves and finding common ground on something so vital as Canada’s electoral system. This majority report is a road map for the Liberal government to make good on its clear and oft-repeated electoral reform promise. We now call on the Liberals to work with the other parties to design a path forward that finally brings Canadians the modern and effective voting system we deserve.

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Broadbent Institute Executive Director Rick Smith available to comment on report of special electoral reform parliamentary committee



TORONTO—Executive Director Rick Smith is available to comment tomorrow on the final report of the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform, to be tabled in the House of Commons.

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