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Stephen Harper's Unintended Social Policy Legacy

  The new Canada Child Benefit (CCB) unveiled in the 2016 federal Budget has been widely supported by progressives and anti poverty activists who have long favoured the expansion of...

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Remarks delivered by Ed Broadbent at Progress Summit 2016

Below is an excerpt of speech delivered by Ed Broadbent at Progress Summit 2016.

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Federal Budget 2016: A One Time Fix?

The Budget reinvests significantly and appropriately in many important government programs broadly in line with the promises made in the Liberal platform. However, it falls short in some important areas,...

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Ed Broadbent: Intellectual, Communicator, Social Democrat

    I’m remembering an evening in Spring 1968 (I hope I have the right date), when I was together with Ed Broadbent at an academic meeting in Toronto.

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Why we need a practical approach in the basic-income debate

  The idea of a basic income guarantee for all Canadians has again moved to the front burner with the House of Commons Finance Committee and the Ontario government supporting...

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Broadening the electoral reform discussion

The Liberal government campaigned on electoral reform, promising “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system” and that they “will make every vote count.” 

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Ed Broadbent: A social democratic life

  I first discovered Ed Broadbent’s career while an undergraduate. As a young student and activist I was instinctively left wing, but hardly well-informed. Like many young political minds I...

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Progressives and the Guaranteed Income Debate

Seldom does a social policy idea make headlines for weeks. 

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Large Inheritances, Wealth Inequality, and Real Equality of Opportunity

Thomas Piketty argues in his recent bestseller, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, that capitalism has a natural tendency towards ever increasing concentration of wealth, and that inheritances play a major...

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Remembering Stephen Clarkson

Not a year since the death of Abe Rotstein, another giant from the University of Toronto's political science department has passed away. Stephen Clarkson died this past Sunday at the age...