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On inequality, wages and bargaining power matter

The current federal election is being fought against a backdrop of deepening inequality and the social problems that accompany it.  Promises to “make things better” will no doubt be uttered throughout...

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The great shrinkage: Fiscal capacity under Stephen Harper

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's economic record since taking office in 2006  is at the centre of debate in the current federal election campaign. Arguably his signature achievement is to have...

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The unsung merits of supply management

You’d think that milk in Canada was coloured red considering the debate about our dairy industry.  The way we manage our milk supply is being scrutinized by our trading partners...

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Building a national child care program

It is pretty clear that in the often fractious environment of Canadian federalism, Canadians do better when multi-levels of government and political parties work together to put people’s well-being first....

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Oil Sands Development and Canada's Economic Future

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doubling down on his strong commitment to oil sands development, charging that the opposition's call for greenhouse gas reductions and a thorough environmental review process...

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Remembering Jack

    It’s hard to believe that, four years ago on Saturday, our friend Jack Layton passed away. I say hard to believe because he still seems very present to me....

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This election, Canada must tackle disability rights reform

Early into this federal election campaign and, encouragingly, talk of the creation of a Canadians with Disabilities Act has surfaced.

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The economics (and ethics) of affordable child care

Many economists, particularly those that are male, find it difficult to understand the public interest in providing funding to child care. 

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Even Conservatives should embrace a decent minimum wage

Few Canadian economic debates are as long-standing and as predictable as that over the pros and cons of  raising the minimum wage. Progressives call for a higher wage floor to...

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Fraser Institute is wrong on the Canada Pension Plan

A recent study from the Fraser Institute claims boosting premiums to pay for higher Canada Pension Plan benefits would not work, since individuals would simply save less in RRSPs and...