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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...

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The case for fiscal policy to spur growth

Developments in the Canadian economy have forced an important re-thinking of the respective roles of monetary and fiscal policy in supporting stable growth and job creation. But mainstream thinking about...

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Redistribution of Working Time Should be on the Policy Agenda

More than twenty years ago, back in 1994, the federal government released the report of the Advisory Group on Working Time and Distribution of Work. (Disclosure: I served as the...

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Budget submission 2016 — charting a progressive agenda

The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non partisan organization that promotes progressive change. Grounded in social democratic values and ideas, the Institute seeks to deepen our democracy, encourage strong action...