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Five challenges for bending the health care cost curve in Canada

Greg Marchildon and Livio Di Matteo Canadian economists received a pleasant surprise this year: expenditure growth on public health care in Canada finally appears to be slowing down. However, it...

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Inequality and Inter Generational Unfairness

There has been a great deal of recent media commentary on inter generational unfairness, much of which misleadingly argues that affluent older Canadians are benefiting from current economic and social...

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Confessions of an idealist democrat

I taught Canadian government for 30 years and over that time the course content traced the growing shift of power from Parliament to the executive branch and increasingly to the...

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Beyond "throw the bums out" in Alberta: Why campaigns matter

Post-election punditry is as much about story-telling as it is analysis and so far pundits (especially conservative ones) have tended to tell one story –Albertans were angry at the PC government’s spending...

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How do you get some of that Rachel Notley magic?

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine, Tuesday night was nothing but wall-to-wall jubilant "OMG RACHEL!" and "WOW! ALBERTA!" posts. Winning an NDP majority in Alberta is galvanizing. If...

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Top 8 progressive changes coming to Alberta

The historic results of the Alberta election on Tuesday represent a resounding win for progressives. After more than four decades of conservative rule, here’s a primer on the top eight progressive...

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A tribute to Abe Rotstein: a giant of Canadian political economy

  Mel Watkins delivered this eulogy for Abe Rotstein (1929 - 2015) on April 30th 2015 My dear friend Abe had lived so long. He kept teaching after his contemporaries...

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The common sense proposition of phasing out Alberta's coal plants

Right across Canada and around the world, jurisdictions are moving away from coal-fired electricity generation in favour of cleaner options, and this critical debate has finally come to the mainstream...

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Budget 2015: Not as balanced as it looks

Budget 2015 is, surprise, primarily a political document that extolls the government’s record and highlights tax cuts, but does almost nothing to deal with rising inequality or to shape the...

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Budget 2015-16 preview: Top 10 ways the Harper government has boosted inequality (11 actually)

1. Family Income Splitting The federal government plans to spend about $2-billion per year on family income splitting that will mainly benefit high-income, traditional families with a stay at home...