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Questioning the so called "Canadian Dream"

On May 23, Statistics Canada released an interesting and widely reported study by Yuri Ostrovsky, with the title “Doing as Well as One's Parents?” It showed that some two thirds...

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A Note from Ed: Standing on Guard

I’ve always believed, whether in hockey or in politics, that the best defense is a good offense.  

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Social democracy versus “populism” | Change the Game

  The Broadbent Institute's new project, Change the Game, takes a critical look at the history of social democracy in Canada, with the intention of learning from the successes and...

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Canada-China trade agreement no deal for Canadian workers

  Global Affairs Canada is conducting public consultations on a possible Canada-China Free Trade Agreement. Based on the record since China joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, further liberalization...

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The precarious future of the Affordable Care Act

Seven years after its passage, the Affordable Care Act (widely known as Obamacare), has suffered its share of abuse. Yet after hundreds of bills to repeal it, two high-profile Supreme...

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Its time to change the rules of global trade

It is now three months into the Presidency of Donald Trump, and policy makers around the world are still unsure how to respond to the new administration's challenge to the...

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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...

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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...

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Ed Broadbent: It's time to change the game

Editor'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.