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The digital economy will not power a recovery

Economists and pundits are at odds over medium term prospects for the global economy. Pessimists see stagnant growth, rising inequality and growing unemployment and underemployment, widely held to be responsible...

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Ed Broadbent: Reflections on a life in politics, Donald Trump victory

  Editor's Note: Ed Broadbent was awarded this year's Lifetime Achievement Award at Maclean's Parliamentary of the Year Awards. Here is his acceptance speech, delivered Tuesday night at an awards...

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Whiteness trouble: the Left's challenge after Trump

The speed, scale and ferocity of racist attacks across the United States in the wake of Trump’s victory are revealing. Doubly revealing, in fact.

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Foreign investment not always a benefit

    The federal government heeded the advice of the business dominated Economic Advisory Council and set out a new welcome mat for foreign investors in the recent  Economic Statement...

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Government action to curb solitary confinement long overdue

Making a prisoner spend four years isolated in a plexiglass cell under the constant glare of artificial light is a form of custody that shocks Canadian sensibilities. It is difficult...

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Liberal fiscal plan scales back "historic" infrastructure spending

The Trudeau government's fiscal plan as updated in the Fall Economic Statement meets a number of progressive commitments, but also raises a lot of questions about what can be expected...

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Private infrastructure bank not in the public interest

The Advisory Council on Economic Growth chaired by Domenic Barton has proposed to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau the creation of an independent Canadian Infrastructure Development Bank (CIDB) to help...

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Alberta gets it right on $15 minimum wage

The Alberta government has done it. On October 1st, the minimum wage increased by one dollar to $12.20 per hour, making it the highest provincial, but not territorial, minimum wage...

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How to build a progressive future for BC

On September 22 and 23, the Broadbent Institute hosted Progress Summit BC to chart a progressive path forward for the province in this critical election year. Below are key insights put forward...

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Election of Hillary Clinton May Support New Deal for Canadians

The results of United States Presidential elections always have major implications for Canadians. This time around, we may just see a boost to progressive politics North of the border. It...