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Does Trump signal the end for free-market capitalism?

Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency is being hailed by some as the end of globalization as we have come to know it in the last four decades. Others...

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Affordable housing increasingly illusory in Vancouver, Toronto

Experts have roundly criticized BC Premier Christy Clark’s recent home ownership grant policy. A key part of the negative reaction has been based on fears that interest free grants will...

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Trudeau’s broken promise on electoral reform betrays the public interest

Through my many decades of involvement in politics and public life, I’ve lived through a number of disappointments and broken promises. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to abandon his commitment...

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Taxing dividends: the case for reform

Special tax treatment of dividend income costs a lot in terms of foregone government revenues, mainly benefits the very affluent, and thus merits serious re-consideration as part of the federal...

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Trump, Canada and life after NAFTA

The election of President Trump and the potential imposition of border taxes and other protectionist measures is clearly of great concern to Canadian exporters, the workers they employ and the...

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On Donald Trump and the fight for progress in Canada

  On January 20, a dangerous con-man took high office in the United States. Openly trading in hate while ushering in more inequality will be Donald Trump’s MO for the...

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Big cities much more unequal than Canada as a whole

It is no secret that big, global cities like London and New York are highly unequal and display harsh extremes of wealth and poverty. This is increasingly true of Canada's...

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Trumping trade and the threat to the liberal trade regime

United States president-elect Donald Trump is widely portrayed as crudely and ignorantly anti “free trade'' and a powerful threat to a benign liberal world order. In fact, he is responding,...

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The case against privatization and P3s

When the Liberal party campaigned and won in 2015 on making significant new investments in infrastructure, there was cause for optimism.

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Why the sluggish Canadian economy needs a new public investment boost

  The Liberal federal government took office just over one year ago, not least because Justin Trudeau promised to boost the economy and help the middle-class through a major increase...