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Corporate-tax cuts are no solution to Canada’s competitiveness problem

The federal government is widely expected to announce a new competitiveness strategy as part of its Fall Economic Statement. Corporate Canada has been lobbying hard for a new round of...

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Reflecting on Ocasio-Cortez and a bold opportunity for democratic socialist organizing in Canada

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is breaking new ground and hitting international air waves in her recent win of the democratic nomination over a 20 year sitting Congressman in New York's 14th Congressional...

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Why a Carbon Fee and Dividend now makes more sense than ever for Canada

Now that Manitoba has joined Ontario and Saskatchewan in opposition to a carbon tax, what are the realistic political options for the federal government?  Economists overwhelmingly support carbon pricing as...

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The evidence is clear. Canada needs electoral reform

Aside from the ascendance of newer political parties at the expense of those more established, one of the most significant aspects of Monday’s election in Quebec is what it may...

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BC’s electoral referendum could change Canada’s political landscape

  A vote for proportional representation in BC’s electoral referendum could boost electoral reform in the provinces or even federally.

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Federal Poverty Strategy discounts needs of seniors

The Poverty Reduction Strategy announced by the federal government at the end of August proposes that an official Canadian poverty line be set for the first time and enshrined in...

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U.S Federal Reserve’s blindspot means Canada’s eyes should be wide open

Since the 1980s, financial crises have erupted about once a decade. The last one erupted in 2008. And there are disturbing parallels between the 1980s debt crisis in Latin America,...

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Combatting Doug Ford’s iron fist: lessons from South America

Canadians are not used to iron-fist governments but Ontario’s new Premier Doug Ford’s early actions suggest that his government may well become the exception to the rule.

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Poverty strategy requires more resources and more ambitious goals

Though not a complete solution, the Poverty Reduction Strategy announced by the federal government at the end of August marks a step forward in Canadian social policy. It is proposed...

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Implementing a Disability Justice Framework: An Interview with Sarah Jama, Co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario

“It’s just not about access to space; I have the right to exist and the right to be free as a person with a disability, as the way that I...