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Charting a path for a progressive BC

  On September 22, 23, the Broadbent Institute hosts its first Progress Summit BC in Vancouver. In the lead up, the Institute is publishing a series of blog posts from...

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Federal tax review must target loopholes for wealthy, boost fiscal capacity

  Progressive tax reform to promote both greater distributional fairness and increased fiscal capacity to fund social programs and public services should be squarely on the agenda for the 2017...

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On reconciliation, the government can and must do more

A year has passed since the closing event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Ottawa — a brief moment of self-reflection that punctured through a stubborn, willful and long-standing...

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Canada's middle-class jobs challenge

Good jobs are a central mechanism in the creation of shared prosperity. What matters for workers is not just being able to find any job but also security of employment, level of...

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Left and liberal colour blindness imperil real change for Black people

Since the very public executions of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile, I find myself in a profound state of sadness. 

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Ed Broadbent: reflections on a mentor and professor

  At the age of 18, when I entered Glendon College York University in 1965, I found myself drawn to a 28 year old political philosophy professor who, contrary to...

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Brexit vote underlines need for a reformed globalization model

The narrow victory of the leave side in the Brexit referendum demands a profound rethinking of the liberal globalization agenda. At one, highly disturbing level, the majority for leave was...

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Ontario’s Climate Plan and the Promise of Mobilizing Markets and Society

  Ontario released its much anticipated climate action plan, and the reviews are in. There are accolades and constructive criticisms. A particularly scathing criticism came from a Globe and Mail...

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LGBT progress is a Canadian story

  As we reflect on the Conservative Party convention voting two-to-one to raise the white flag and abandon its longstanding policy to deny LGBT love, we can be amazed at...

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Employers and expansion of the Canada Pension Plan

When the federal and provincial finance ministers meet on June 20-21, they will have to decide whether or not to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as promised by the Liberals...