Michael Penny

Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Michael Penny brings a unique and valuable skill set to the role Development Officer.

Michael earned his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Regina and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. He brings years of service of professional experience in policy and market research data collection in the private sector.

Posts & Activities by Michael Penny

  • What Kind of Economic Recovery do Canadians Want?

    The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread anxiety and concern for Canadians across the country. As they look ahead to the economic recovery, most are looking for a bold and ambitious recovery.

    Canadians want a recovery that is fair and ensures the richest among them contribute and pay their share. A recovery that helps make Canada more self-sufficient and strengthens the public health care system. They want a recovery that ensures that corporations use public funds to support workers and not enrich executives or shareholders.


    Canadians say spend what’s needed to make Canada more self-sufficient and fair with a better social safety net

    Canadians, by a 2 to 1 margin, want governments to spend whatever is required to rebuild and stimulate the economy, even if it means running large deficits for the foreseeable future, according to a new poll conducted by Abacus Data for the Broadbent Institute. The study is the most detailed one to date on the kind of recovery Canadians want.

    Canadians also widely support an economic recovery that meet specific criteria, including:

    • Building Canada’s ability to produce key products like food and medical supplies domestically instead of relying on global markets (79% extremely or very important). 
    • Investing in strengthening the health system, including universal public pharmacare (72% extremely or very important).
    • Not letting richer Canadians off the hook for contributing their fair share (71% extremely or very important).
    • Helping people who need it the most (71% extremely or very important). 
    • Focusing on helping people and preventing corporations from using funds for excessive executive pay, stock buy-backs, or increased dividends (70% extremely or very important). 

    “Canadians want a recovery that is fair, focused on people, and builds up our resilience for future challenges,” said Rick Smith, Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute.

    When it comes to Canada’s social safety net, a resounding 97% think that the long-term care system for ageing Canadians needs improvement. Improvements to the availability of paid sick days and livable wages, as well as greater access to income supports and employment insurance also received broad support, 90% and 88% respectively.

    “The coronavirus pandemic has tested the country’s safety net, sometimes with concerning results”, remarked David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, “now Canadians want to see significant work to improve the supports we depend on in tough times.”

    The poll also tested and found strong support for a wealth tax (75%), and 8 in 10 Canadians (81%) believe that companies receiving government assistance should be required not to use foreign tax havens, and not use the money for excessive salaries, share buybacks, or increasing dividends, rather than allowing companies to decide how best to run their businesses.

    Canadians also believe governments should provide financial assistance and debt relief to municipalities to help with budget shortfalls (77%).

    The survey was conducted online with 2,280 Canadians aged 18 and over from May 1 to 6, 2020. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random sample of the same size is +/- 2.1%, 19 times out of 20.  

    You can read the full survey report here: 


    Download the What Kind of Economic Recovery do Canadians Want?  Report. 

  • Canadians back NDP’s list of priorities for the new minority government


    On October 21, Canadians elected a Liberal minority government, creating the potential for the NDP to be a key player in parliament. Like all minority governments, cooperation across party lines is key, in order to fulfill policy commitments and deliver results on the issues voters care about most. Post-election, the Institute commissioned a survey conducted by Abacus Data on how Canadians feel about the cooperation that will be needed among parties and what the key priorities of this government should be, on matters of affordability. Here are the results: 

    When asked whether voters support the Liberal and NDP working together: 

    • 41% of Canadians say they support it, while a majority can accept it and are open to the idea. 

    • Nearly 70 per cent of Liberal voters state they support both parties working together in parliament

    The findings of the survey show that Canadians strongly support that the newly-elected minority government work to address the following priorities

    • Increase taxes on wealthy Canadians and closing tax loopholes

    • Expand healthcare to include a universal pharmacare program and a national dental care program

    • Immediate action to ensure Indigenous communities have clean drinking water, and access to healthcare and supports

    • Bold action on climate change

    • Reduce the cost of cellphone bills

    • Build half a million affordable homes

    As our newly-elected Liberal government prepares to lead our next parliament, it’s important to take note that Canadians want cooperation and they are looking to the NDP to help deliver solutions.

    Download Post-Election Cooperation Report

  • The Affordability Equation

    Concerns about cost of living, wages, and affordability have been an important part of Canada’s political discourse for many years. But we felt something was happening. Canadians seem to be more anxious about the future and their ability to maintain a standard of living they expect.

    We also felt that many populist movements, both in Canada and abroad, have effectively tapped into this anxiousness and leveraged it for political gain often with a regressive, anti-immigration and anti-government tone.

    Together with the Broadbent Institute, we set out to explore how the public feels about the issue, what is driving their concerns, and what solutions they think might work.

    Our objective is to offer progressives in Canada insight into the broader issue and how to offer a progressive solution to the growing affordability crisis.

    Read the report here:


    Download The Afforadability Equation

  • Charting the Path to National Pharmacare in Canada

    National Pharmacare has been a topic of discussion in Canada for over half a century, yet we remain unique among the world’s high-income countries with universal health coverage in that we still do not include outpatient prescription drugs in our national benefit package. There is a growing sense that we will never be able to achieve the full potential of universal health coverage without national Pharmacare.

    Download: National Pharmacare in Canada Report

  • Progress Summit Thank You


    Thank you for registering for Progress Summit 2020. If you are travelling from out of town, please take advantage of the hotel discount offered by our partners.

    To ensure that all your guest details are accurately forwarded to our registration desk and caterers, please ensure you have filled out the Summit Pass Registration Form for all guests prior to arrival.

  • Petition: Suspend Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States

    The Broadbent Institute is calling on the Prime Minister of Canada and his Government to Immediately condemn the recent cruel actions of the United States Government against immigrant families and suspend the Safe-Third-Country Agreement.


    Please read, sign, and share this petition:

    10,397 signatures

    Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Hussen,

    I am calling on you to honour our country’s longstanding commitment to human rights by suspending the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States.

    U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration have imposed multiple inhumane and discriminatory changes to its refugee and immigration system. In early 2017, President Trump made an executive order for a travel ban on 7 Muslim-majority countries; leaving many stranded at ports of entry around the world. Then in late 2017, news broke that President Trump would end temporary protected status for thousands of individuals, many of them young people who’ve been in the United States for the majority of their lives. And now, the world is watching with despair and grave concern as families seeking asylum are being detained and children being forcibly separated from their parents.  The photographs of these thousands of children being held in cages have shocked the conscience of Canadians.

    The Safe Third Country Agreement holds that both Canada and the U.S are “safe” countries for those seeking asylum. Manifestly, the U.S. no longer meets this standard.  Countless refugee advocates including Amnesty International Canada and the Canadian Council for Refugees have called on Canada to recognize the ongoing inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in the U.S. by rescinding the Safe Third Country Agreement.

    As a signatory of the 1951 Refugee Convention, Canada has a legal and moral responsibility to provide asylum to those who seek it - including migrants at the Canada/U.S. border. Given the deteriorating situation in the U.S. we need to act immediately.  Please do what is right. Uphold and fulfill our international commitments and suspend the Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States now.

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  • Michael Penny



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    Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Michael Penny has a passion to improve digital advocacy and innovation in progressive politics.

    Michael earned his Masters of Public Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick. 

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