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Susan McDaniel: Fruits of the Earth: Not All Belong at the Top

Inequality seems to be the watchword of the moment in Fall 2012. It is on the minds of many, it seems, sometimes forming on surprising lips. Lloyd Blankfein, the CEO...

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Mel Watkins: Comment on Towards a More Equal Canada

It is uncertain which is more puzzling: the sudden surge in inequality in developed countries in recent times, or the failure of this to generate a sufficient response in the...

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Get a jump-start on 2013 – the Next Up program is coming to Ottawa

Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Personally, I have never been very good at them... which made me think: why not get a 47-day head start? You can bet that a...

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Hugh Segal: Reflections on "Towards Equality"

When Red Tories hear that union leaders, trade union economists, academics and thoughtful politicians of the left (and Red Tories believe there are many) are planning to engage and advocate...

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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,...