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Key to political success: be authentic, allow two-way communications, former top Obama adviser says

This article originally appeared in the Hill Times. Social media is today one of the most important ways to communicate a message in politics, as political communication in the modern era...

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On inequality, our politics matter

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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Squandering Canada’s Moment

“Seizing Canada’s moment.” It’s an odd title for a Throne Speech that was absent any kind of momentous vision for this country. “Seizing” the moment would mean tackling the challenges...

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10 things to remember about Stephen Harper’s consumer-unfriendly record

The Conservative government devoted a big chunk of Wednesday’s Throne Speech to try and buff up its reputation as a government that cares – really, really cares – about consumers....

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Review: The Entrepreneurial State

The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Public vs Private Sector Myths has been critically well-received in the UK by such publications as the Economist and the Financial Times and stands as a refreshing...

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Costly and unfair: Stephen Harper's income-splitting scheme

During the last federal election, Stephen Harper promised that his Conservative government would introduce a new way to tax families with children after balancing the federal budget. We are likely to...

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Bigger clawbacks to Old Age Security not the answer

Not content with the recent Harper government decision to trim program costs by raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (OAS/GIS) from 65...

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Merit Canada’s low-wage, low-skills plan for the Canadian construction industry

Having successfully lobbied the Conservative government to repeal the federal Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act, Merit Canada now wants the Conservative government to enact what is ostensibly a...

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Upstream: talking differently about health

Social factors play a significant role in determining whether we will be healthy or ill. Our health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health...

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Manning, Hudak, and the folly of attacks on labour

On September 16th, Preston Manning published an article on the recent defeat of the Australian Labor Party (ALP) at the hands of the conservative Liberal-National coalition in the Globe and...