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Katherine Scott: Income, Opportunity and Power

In 2008, the collapse of financial markets around the world tipped country after country into recession. Canada was no exception. In a short eight month period, hundreds of thousands of...

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Luc Turgeon: Reflections on Fair Taxes

Canadians can sometimes be smug. We pride ourselves on our supposed modesty, but we never miss a chance to stress all the ways in which we are better than our...

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The upside of slow growth in the labour force

The Finance Department’s long-awaited study on the economic and fiscal implications of our aging population was finally released on Oct. 23. It’s a gloomy outlook that underpins the Harper government’s view that...

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Are boomer kids really getting a raw deal?

We often hear that there is a large and unfair gap between the life-chances of the baby boomers – those persons now in their mid-50s to early 60s – and...

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McGuinty should head back to school for a lesson in democracy

When Ontario’s Bill 115 was first proposed, and then made law, I was perplexed. Are these the kinds of lessons that we should be teaching our children? Preparing students for...

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Tarnished anniversary: Why the free-trade deal didn’t deliver

Twenty-five years ago this week, the signing of the Canada – U.S. free-trade agreement (FTA) sparked one of the most passionate political debates in Canadian history. Reflecting on the debate,...

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Carney and Mulcair going Dutch? Thoughts on the Bank of Canada Governor’s and “Dutch Disease”

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney recently delivered a widely-publicized major speech in Calgary on the economic phenomenon known as the “Dutch Disease.” This was more nuanced than much of...

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Unions, equality, and democracy

Right-wing commentators like to claim that unions undermine good economic performance. But respected organizations such as the OECD, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have shown this isn’t...

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Omnibus bill exposes ‘pragmatic’ Stephen Harper as a radical (Op-Ed)

12 June 2012, Toronto Star (Op-Ed) Stephen Harper is often portrayed by his supporters as a pragmatist, a man who simply wants to do what works. But the evidence suggests...