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Touchstones for a Progressive Federal Budget in the Age of Trump

The major challenge for the federal government in the budget expected this month is to maintain its commitment to progressive social and economic policies in the context of a major...

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We sent 9 Canadian organizers to the front lines in the US election

Here's what they learned. The Broadbent Institute sent Canadian organizers and campaigners to the United States last fall to gain hands-on experience and insight into how Americans run campaigns.

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Internal documents challenge government’s funding claims for Indigenous children

It has been over a year since the federal government was found to be racially discriminating against First Nations children on reserve by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal (HRT). 

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An international view on Trudeau's electoral reform mess

I had to watch Prime Minister Trudeau’s epic electoral reform meltdown from a distance over the past couple of weeks given my attendance at an international meeting of progressive policy...

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How Maria Elena Durazo changed the game in L.A.

  Maria Elena Durazo will be sharing lessons and inspiration from her decades-long work to transform LA at Progress Summit 2017. Early Bird tickets are available until February 28, 2017....

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Governments and Charities

  Every year, just before Christmas, the Fraser Institute publish a “Generosity Index” which compares charitable giving in Canada and the United States. The widely-publicized message in 2016 was that...

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Border challenges set to test Canada's welcoming self-image

Canadians are on the brink of a difficult test: are we prepared to live up to our stated commitments to tolerance, by welcoming immigrants and refugees who fear living in...

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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...