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The social economy and the green transition

To address today’s issues of climate change, environmental degradation, and inequality, we must construct more local and resilient economies, and take back ownership of our resources. This is the key...

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Workers need a New Year's raise

Wages in Canada and the other advanced economies are about as flat as left-over champagne in the glass on New Year's Day. This poses a major threat to a sustained...

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The ideological roots of Harper's opposition to child care

After enduring well over a decade of broken promises, the prospects for publicly-funded child care in Canada looked good in the autumn of 2005. The Paul Martin government proposed to...

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Anti-union bill shows Conservative disregard for evidence, democratic institutions

Canadians like their labour law the way they like their touques – sturdy and designed to protect.  As a result, Canadian lawmakers have a long history of consulting with labour and business...

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Statement on the passage of Bill C-525

The Conservative government ended the 2014 Parliamentary session with another attack on Canada’s democratic institutions with Tuesday’s passage of Bill C-525 in the Senate. The intention of the private member’s bill by...

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Polluter-pay policy: a debate worth having

Earlier this week, Andrew Jackson, senior policy advisor to the Broadbent Institute, wrote a thoughtful and constructively critical analysis of the Ecofiscal Commission’s first report.  My first response is: thank you,...

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Key income data goes missing

Understanding what has been happening in recent years with income inequality in Canada is vitally important. What do we know, for example, about the incidence of low income and poverty,...

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Markets can’t tackle climate change on their own

Canada’s new Ecofiscal Commission, chaired by McGill University macroeconomics professor Chris Ragan, has a mandate to propose reforms to the fiscal system that reduce pollution and environmental damage while also...

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How the Conservatives have failed on child poverty

Twenty-five years ago, the House of Commons unanimously passed Ed Broadbent's resolution to abolish child poverty by the year 2000. We are far from that goal. Child poverty as measured by...

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The rise and fall of the Economic Council and a new way forward

Some 50 years ago, an Act of Parliament created a new permanent institution, the Economic Council of Canada. The general economic climate was considerably different back in 1963. Economics had...