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Globalization, Democracy and Robert Kuttner

Remarks delivered at the Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference, Ottawa, Sep. 27, 2019 by Ed Broadbent, Chair of the Broadbent Institute.  It is my pleasure tonight to make some...

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When Income Tax Cuts Leave You Worse Off

The competing personal income tax cuts proposed by the Liberal and Conservative parties in this federal election are almost identical in terms of goals and re-distributive impact, and neither advance...

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Policy Brief: National Housing Strategy

As the October federal election approaches, housing continues to be one of the critical issues Canadian face.  After over 20 years of minimal attention on the issue, the federal government...

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A Green New Deal, Trade and Investment Deals and Canadian Jobs

Many Canadians have, with good reason, embraced the idea of a Green New Deal. Supporters of the idea rightly say that dealing with the global climate crisis cannot be separated...

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Shifting to the Centre is No Way to Fight Right-Wing Populism

Of late, many mainstream Canadian media pundits have sided with centrist Democrats in the United States to argue that a left-wing Democratic nominee would lead to the re-election of President...

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Securitization and the Muslim community in Canada

The recent passage of Bill 21 in Quebec, which effectively bans teachers and other provincial employees from wearing the hijab, continues in the legacy of discriminatory policy that is based...

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Data Analysis: Millennials and Growing Inequality

In May, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden caused a small media storm when comments he made that he had no empathy for millennials who argue they face more difficult economic...

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The Very Way Cities Like Toronto Are Run Is Making Inequality Worse

An impersonal decision-making process excludes communities whose stories need to be heard.

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Why a Green New Deal Could Spark a Technological Revolution

The movement for a “Green New Deal” has taken off in the US and Canada. The idea takes inspiration from the American post-war economic mobilization and creation of a welfare...

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The power of geographic solidarity in winning fair economies

Solidarity has long been a standing principle of social justice advocates, but in the face of the current crisis of inequality and the concentration of power and money, solidarity is...