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Cynically hiding our heads in the (oil) sands

First she was against Northern Gateway — now she’s for it. What a difference an election makes. B.C. Premier Christy Clark’s reversal on the Northern Gateway pipeline project is typical of...

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Innovation: re-thinking the role of the state

Mariana Mazzucato’s new book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs. Private Sector Myths, has created some buzz: her Ted Talk has been widely shared, and the book is being discussed by the Economist, the...

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Economy’s supposed slow recovery is really a ‘secular stagnation’

In 1939, the United States and much of the world were still struggling to exit the Great Depression that had begun a decade earlier. In that context, Alvin Hansen –...

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Rob Ford and the truth about privilege

Renowned lawyer Clayton Ruby’s intervention into the Rob Ford spectacle got me thinking about the ways in which this civic mess has unfolded. Namely, it has brought into focus how privilege continues...

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Canada's dubious immigration priorities

The Speech from the Throne has come and gone. Buried in the hoopla surrounding the demise of cable television bundling were some terrifically misleading claims about “progress” towards meeting Canada’s...

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Why Canada needs a conversation about fair wages

To mark the launch of ‘Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics’, a seminal new edited volume on inequality in Canada, the Broadbent Institute is featuring a series of posts from the...

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Stock options, inequality, and corporate performance

One of the major forces behind the rapid increase in the income share of the top 1% in the United States and Canada has been rising senior corporate executive pay,...

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Canada Pension Plan: the best retirement pension deal we’ve got

The Oct. 19 Globe and Mail editorial supporting expansion of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) got it exactly right. The CPP is “one of the country’s great public policy successes” and “the...

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Dear Rex Murphy: context and history count

Rex Murphy’s commentary in the National Post on recent Mi’kmaq protests is misinformed and demonstrates a profound ignorance of our history. In his article, he suggests that the behaviour of Mi’kmaq...

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The humanist tradition in economics and the Canadian connection

Canadian development economist Kari Polanyi Levitt has a reputation in Canada and abroad as an advocate for economic policies rooted in social justice and distributional equity. Levitt has worked tirelessly...