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Thomas Piketty's body blow to conventional economic wisdom

During the ordinary working of capitalism – absent the extraordinary Great Wars and Great Depression of the first half of the twentieth century – inequality, as manifested in the distribution...

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Quebec a sign that federalism works

The run up to the recent Quebec election prompted a revival of the argument that only federal transfers keep that fiscally-challenged province afloat. For example, Mark Milke of the Fraser...

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Conservatives learn efficiency, not fossil fuels, the path to energy security

On May 1st, the Standing Committee on Natural Resources considered the issue of “Energy Security of Ukraine and the Rest of Europe”. Government MPs likely picked this topic because they were expecting...

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Are we nearing "peak women"?

As is well-known, the proportion of women who are active in the paid work force has grown very rapidly since the 1970s, transforming the workplace and society as a whole...

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'Economic freedom' and the politics of environmental performance

The Fraser Institute released a report (on Earth Day naturally) claiming that, "air pollution declines as economic freedom rises." PressProgress provided a quick reality check on some of the main idiocies...

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The alarming new blueprint for Canadian citizenship and immigration policy

Important changes to Canadian citizenship and immigration policy have broken into the headlines of late, from the introduction of the Strengthening Canadian Citizenship Act to serious abuses of the controversial temporary foreign worker...

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Saskatoon Change Makers: building capacity for positive change

Recently I had the chance to participate in Saskatoon Change Makers, one of the Broadbent Institute’s first events to enhance capacity for people to work for positive change. This emphasis...

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Take a closer look: the (real) state of the Canadian middle class

A widely-reported study by the New York Times shows that middle-class Canadians now have higher after-tax incomes than middle-class Americans, and that Canadian middle-class incomes, adjusted for inflation, have been...

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Profiting from the precarious: new report details recruitment abuse of migrant workers

As scandals about abuse of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program break with increasing regularity, the spotlight still overlooks the exploitation that workers face just to get jobs under that program....

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Don’t buy their numbers spin: corporations aren’t big tax contributors

The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) have published  a major report undertaken by PwC Canada to assess the contribution to Canadian public finances of  their members. The report is...