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  • True, Lasting Reconciliation November 21, 2018
    For the first time, a report outlines what implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples could and should look like at the provincial level. This report focuses on implementation in BC law, policy and practices. Fundamental to the UN Declaration is an understanding that government must move from a “duty […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Boom, Bust and Consolidation November 9, 2018
    The five largest bitumen-extractive corporations in Canada?control 79.3 per cent of Canada’s productive capacity of bitumen. The Big Five—Suncor Energy, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL), Cenovus Energy, Imperial Oil and Husky Energy—collectively control 90 per cent of existing bitumen upgrading capacity and are positioned to dominate Canada’s future oil sands development. In a sense they […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • A new Director for CCPA's BC Office: Message from Mary Childs, Board Chair October 24, 2018
    The CCPA-BC Board of Directors is delighted to share the news that Shannon Daub will be the next BC Director of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Last spring, Seth Klein announced that, after 22 years, he would be stepping down as founding Director of the CCPA-BC at the end of 2018. The CCPA-BC’s board […]
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  • Who Owns Canada’s Fossil-Fuel Sector? October 15, 2018
    The major investors in Canada’s fossil-fuel sector have high stakes in maintaining business as usual rather than addressing the industry’s serious climate issues, says a new Corporate Mapping Project study.? And as alarms ring over our continued dependence on natural gas, coal and oil, these investors have both an interest in the continued growth of […]
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  • Pharmacare consensus principles released today September 24, 2018
    A diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, workers, seniors, patients and academics has come together to issue a statement of consensus principles for the establishment of National Pharmacare in Canada. Our coalition believes that National Pharmacare should be a seamless extension of the existing universal health care system in Canada, which covers medically […]
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Finance Minister Bill Morneau on the Dangers of Bank of Canada Funding

A guest blog post from Larry Kazdan, publisher of the “Modern Monetary Theory in Canada” blog:?https://mmtincanada.jimdo.com/contact/. Under legislation that came into effect in December 2015, e-petitions that garner at least 500 on-line signatures and that are sponsored by an MP can be tabled in Parliament. The federal government is then required to provide a written […]

Tommy Douglas was a “macroeconomist”, not a “provincialist”!

A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia, Professor of Economics, University of Ottawa The NDP went through a roller coaster ride in 2015. It would seem that the party still hasn’t fully recovered from the outcome of that election, and it will probably remain so until it elects a new leader and gets its “policy […]

Election 2015: Congratulations, Erin Weir!

The massive change dealt by Canadian voters to the seating arrangement in the House of Commons last Monday has seen the 3rd party Liberals leap to a majority government, sending the incumbent Conservatives across the aisle to the Official Opposition bench and the once-hopeful NDP back to the 3rd party seats.?? In addition to the […]

Election 2015: Liberals in a Hurry, Budget Policy and Time to Plan

Wow! ??What an upset!?? ??A Liberal majority! ????From 35 seats to what are they projecting … 185!? If the Liberals outflanked the NDP on progressive economic policy, it was on a single issue, that of budget policy.?? With the Liberals promising three years of budget deficits to finance infrastructure spending and the NDP committing to […]

Election 2015: Trudeau’s Court of Economic Advisors

a€?I dona€?t read newspapers, I dona€?t watch the news.?? I figure, if something important happens, someone will tell me.a€? Justin Trudeau’s surprising confession in a 2001 Globe and Mail essay (“Something I’m Passionate About”, Feb.3) raises three questions: 1) ??does he read newspapers and watch the news now?; 2) if yes, does he read the??Report […]

Election 2015: An Escape Hatch for the NDP?

In an earlier post, I sought to explain (not necessarily defend) the Mulcair teama€?s decision to run balanced budgets as an election campaign tactic to counter being branded by the Conservatives (and potentially the Liberals)as a profligate manager of the public purse. ??Whether or not this tactic is successful will ultimately reflect in the October […]

Election 2015: The Political Economy of Balanced Budgets

First, disclosure. ??I wear several hats. ??In addition to being a progressive economist, I am ??a member of the NDP. ??I have been since 1988. ??I will be voting for the NDP candidate in my riding and I just donated $100 to the party,with more to follow. The recent promise of four years of balanced […]

The Novel Observations of Jean Tirole?

French economist Jean Tirole has won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on industrial organization and regulation, in particular his insights into oligopolies. ??a€?Who is Jean Tirole?, ??many non-economists and some economists are asking today.?? The MIT-educated, Toulouse-based professor is a key figure in the New Industrial Organization (IO) movement.?? The movement, […]

GETTING YOUR ARTICLES PUBLISHED

A guest blog post from Louis-Philippe Rochon: GETTING YOUR ARTICLES PUBLISHED:??JOURNAL EDITORS OFFER SOME ADVICE This short note is aimed at graduate students and faculty members alike who are looking to get their papers published in academic journals, a crucial exercise for the job market, but also in getting tenure and promotion. Our advice is […]

Update: A Petition of Academics Against the CCPA Audit

A guest blog post from Mario Seccareccia and Louis-Philippe Rochon. After learning that the Canada Revenue Agency is auditing ??the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ??on the grounds that??it allegedly engages in politically partisan, biased and one-sided research activity, ??a number of university professors ??have drawn up an open letter asking the Minister of National […]

The Ford Nation, Perils of Populism and Public Choice

Watching Rob Ford in the recent weeks reminds me of what John Ralston Saul once wrote of Benito Mussolini and his contemporary reincarnation in Silvio Berlusconi: a€?He was the nascent modern Heroic leader. Mussolini combined the interests of corporatism with public relations and sport, while replacing public debate and citizen participation with false populism and […]

2008: The Year in a Picture

We are on the edge of disaster without being able to situate it in the future: it is rather always already past. Maurice Blanchot. ?? Over the last month, I admittedly got so caught up in the??rhetorical swirl of the coming disaster that I woke up December 1st expecting statistical confirmation that Canada slipped into […]

Avoid Blame, Change the Game!

The asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) debacle: who is to blame??? According to the National Post , ita€?s everybody and nobody.?? I find myself in unusual agreement.?? While I don’t??wish to see likely criminals let off the hook, a better approach out of this mess??is to change the rules of the game. Last August, the Canadian […]

Some Inconvenient Accounting and the Fall 2008 Fiscal Update

Ah, the confluence of the events! The tabling of a a€?prudenta€? federal budget for uncertain times, followed a week later by news of slowing economic growth. Of course, rumors of the economya€?s imminent decline may be greatly exaggerated, given Januarya€?s jobs report and trade data. But leta€?s carry forth with the economic accounts data.   […]