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Investment should be the federal budget priority

The federal Budget to be introduced on April 21 should have one clear priority – to boost public and private investment so as to create jobs now and a more...

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Fifteen dollar an hour minimum wage fight comes to Canada

Over the past 20 years, income inequality has been growing faster in Canada than in other similar countries. During this period about one third of all income growth has gone...

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The Harper Record on Jobs, 2006-2014

There are many factors other than federal government policy that strongly influence the quantity and quality of Canadian jobs including resource prices, business decisions, the state of the American and...

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Harper Government Continues Attack on Labour Rights

In a series of recent landmark decisions, the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that basic trade union rights, including the right to collective bargaining and the right to strike,...

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Ed Broadbent speaks out against income inequality

In a recent feature interview with Amanda Lang, host of CBC's The Exchange with Amanda Lang, Broadbent Institute Chair Ed Broadbent spoke about inequality, politics, government, social democracy and more. Here...

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Financial markets signalling stagnation

Which gives us a better picture of where the economy is headed -- near record low interest rates on government bonds or a stock market that is not far below...

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February 14th Women's Memorial March Committee wins inaugural Jack Layton Progress Prize

The Broadbent Institute is about ideas and action, so when we set out to organize our second annual Progress Summit months ago, we decided to begin a new tradition: the...

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Quebec model balances greater equality with economic progress

Glance at just about any publication from the Fraser Institute and other conservative think tanks, and you will be told that too much government social spending and too much regulation...

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Canadian economy suffers from myth of comparative advantage

Economists love to talk about the theory of comparative advantage, which holds (somewhat counter intuitively) that two countries trading with each other will be better off if each specializes in...

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In wake of great loss, a reminder to make the world a better place

The tributes emerged mid-afternoon on February 10th, as the news that four artists had died in a horrific car accident that killed five people north of Regina. Michelle Sereda’s was...