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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley addresses the Progress Gala

  Alberta Premier Rachel Notley spoke at the Broadbent Institute's Progress Gala in Toronto on November 12. Here is a condensed copy of her prepared remarks. 

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So-called "Middle Class" tax cut leaves out most Canadians

The so-called “middle class” tax cut promised by the newly elected Liberal government in the name of promoting greater fairness seems set to be quickly implemented for the 2016 tax...

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A national child care system... because "it's 2015"

The best line of the Trudeau government’s first day— widely reported and praised in the international media—was the new PM’s.

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It is time to ask some hard questions about democracy

On November 6th and 7th, the Broadbent Institute is sponsoring a conference in honour of the late Allan Blakeney. Admission to the event is free, see below for details. 

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Why progressives can be proud of the Alberta budget

  Canada’s right-wing have fiercely denounced the Alberta NDP government’s first budget for its failure to deeply cut spending on social programs and public services so as to balance the...

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Liberal government faces tough fiscal choices in implementing progressive agenda

The briefing books being prepared for Prime Minister-designate Trudeau and his new Cabinet are likely warning of tough fiscal choices ahead. It will be very hard for the incoming government...

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Wage suppression and the Federal Balanced Budget Act

In the October 2013 Speech for the Throne, the Canadian government announced it would introduce balanced-budget legislation. At the time this vague proposal attracted little interest from anyone, although a...

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Want employment and wage growth? It’s skills stupid!

The recent election was full of varying promises to increase growth rates and employment levels. Few of these promises, however, addressed a critical weakness in our ability to compete in...

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Time for a new government to deliver progressive change

After nearly 10 years of a Conservative government in Ottawa, the majority of Canadians voted for change on Monday. Now, after this long decade, the country can turn its mind...

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Next Canadian Economy

Economists have a strong predisposition towards trade liberalization, which is held to increase efficiency and boost productivity through greater specialization in those sectors in which we hold a comparative advantage....