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Building Health: Canada’s opportunity to improve housing affordability

Decent, safe, and affordable housing is an absolute foundation for healthy lives. Research has shown the critical links between housing and health. Without appropriate and secure housing, our health suffers,...

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National pharmacare will make life more affordable

Brittany Andrew-Amofah is the Broadbent Institute's Senior Policy and Research Analyst and Rebecca Cheff is a Researcher at the Welleslesy Institute.What would you do if you had to make the...

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Submission to the B.C. Government on Accessibility Legislation

The BC Government announced its commitment to “developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support” disabled people “to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities.” To...

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The Short-Sighted Vision of Conservative Educational Policy

Public education is the foundation of Canadian society. Over the past two centuries, the institution has developed into rite of passage for children and youth, playing an integral role in...

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Voters look left to solve affordability concerns

There is no doubt that cost of living concerns loomed large during Canada’s federal election. Historically, economic angst has been fertile ground for a standard Conservative pitch to the electorate...

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The Conservative Platform – Tax Cuts for the Affluent, Austerity for the Many

The Conservative platform put forward by Andrew Scheer delivers tax cuts for the relatively affluent, to be paid for by largely unspecified cuts to spending on social programs and public...

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The Affordability Crisis and the 2019 Election

In March, the Broadbent Institute commissioned a study from Abacus Data to explore how Canadians feel about present-day affordability concerns. Highlights of its findings paints a bleak picture:   1 in...

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Globalization, Democracy and Robert Kuttner

Remarks delivered at the Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference, Ottawa, Sep. 27, 2019 by Ed Broadbent, Chair of the Broadbent Institute.  It is my pleasure tonight to make some...

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When Income Tax Cuts Leave You Worse Off

The competing personal income tax cuts proposed by the Liberal and Conservative parties in this federal election are almost identical in terms of goals and re-distributive impact, and neither advance...

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Policy Brief: National Housing Strategy

As the October federal election approaches, housing continues to be one of the critical issues Canadian face.  After over 20 years of minimal attention on the issue, the federal government...