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"Tax Freedom Day": freedom from what, exactly?

Concrete is poured into the foundation of the Trois-Rivieres Regional Hospital.  The Fraser Institute has declared yesterday “Tax Freedom Day”: the day, they claim, that Canadians stop earning wages that...

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Statement on the first reading of Bill C-525

This summer, the Conservative government unleashed the latest wave in their ongoing attack on Canada’s democratic institutions. Bill C-525, like Bill C-377, is further evidence of a Conservative government bent...

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Why it’s worth paying for public transit

Ontario politics in the coming months are set to revolve around a debate on whether taxes should be raised to pay for a massive expansion of public transit and transportation infrastructure in...

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Statement on the launch of Unifor

On behalf of the Broadbent Institute, I’d like to congratulate the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Energy and Paperworkers’ Union on today’s launch of their new union, Unifor. A...

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Keystone XL and Canada’s Resource Trap

Harper has just made a trip down the US, after the Canadian government has launched a “please buy our oil” publicity campaign promoting the Keystone XL pipeline on the American...

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Canada needs to consider a fiscal Plan B

Canada’s Economic Action Plan is being widely advertised this National Hockey League playoff season, but it is hardly working as advertised. It needs to be rethought in light of new...

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Pipeline dreams turn to ashes for Big Oil

Two years ago, shortly after the last federal election when I still worked for a national environmental organization, I had a private meeting with one of the more senior lobbyists...

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The Downtoning of America

By Leo W. Gerard, International President, United Steelworkers. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. President Obama went to Austin, Texas, last week in pursuit of an industrial and employment...

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Unemployment -- why worry?

Brian Lee Crowley’s recent column in the Globe and Mail shows that he's a glass-half-full kinda guy. He says we shouldn't be worried about unemployment because a) it's old-fashioned, b) Boomers had...

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Canadians' consumer tax burden is not as onerous as it sounds

Hidden deep in the bowels of the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, there is an elaborate contraption known as “the Canadian Tax Simulator.” It generates the data for “the Canadian Consumer...