This report tracks Canadian income inequality through 75 years of growth and recessions and speculates about the post-COVID-19 future. It emphasizes the importance of the economic paradigms informing the public policies which have shaped, and will shape, inequality and how the problems that one paradigm could not solve have informed the emergence of the next paradigm.
On February 23, 2021 the House of Commons Standing Committee on Transport, Infrastructure and Communities met to discuss the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank. Included below are notes from Climate and Social Justice Campaigner Dylan Penner’s presentation to the committee about why the bank should stop supporting privatization and public-private partnerships.
The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election.
The deficit hawks who had been quiet during much of the early pandemic spending are back in full force and have signalled the terms of debate. And most pundits and think tanks are asking the same questions:
In order to rectify our present we need to know our past.
This submission is an excerpt from the Broadbent Institute’s recent report, Addressing Economic Racism in Canada’s Pandemic Response and Recovery, that uncovers why Black, Indigenous and racialized people have been experiencing worse health and economic outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic...
Canadians for Tax Fairness has released a Fair Tax Recovery Plan demonstrating how the federal government could raise more than $70 billion in annual revenues by introducing progressive tax reforms in coming budgets.
We are fortunate to live in Canada. One of the things that makes this a great country is that change – even major change – is possible. Since the founding of Canada in 1867 Canadian citizens have fought for a better, more just society. The struggle of workers to unionize and of women for voting and other rights began before the formation of Canada but gained momentum after Confederation. Many other movements have also made progress through years of activism. Change was slow often taking decades. But over time substantial progress was made, often at great sacrifice and always accompanied by reaction. Occasionally opportunities arise to advance social and political change much more quickly. Now is one of those times.
Political polarization is growing across the globe. In this first report on the urban-rural divide in Canada, Sean Speer teams up with Peter Loewen and the University of Toronto’s Policy, Elections and Representation Lab (PEARL) to explore the theory that a “perception gap” exists between those who live in cities, the suburbs and rural communities. How do Canadians' distorted beliefs of one another’s circumstances fuel polarization?
On February 1, American farm, labour and civil society organizations formally asked the Biden-Harris administration to withdraw the attack on Canada’s dairy sector initiated by the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the dying days of the Trump administration.
During my time as Executive Director at FoodShare, and in leadership positions in previous organizations, I’ve come to learn the importance of creating a work structure that not only dismantles systems of oppression, but also works to reduce wide-scale inequality.