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  • Canada’s Fossil-Fuelled Pensions June 22, 2018
    The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is?the steward of BC’s public pensions, but bankrolls companies?whose current business models exceed the climate change targets agreed to in the Paris Agreement to which Canada is a signatory. The pensions of over 500,000 British Columbians and assets worth $135 billion are managed by the Corporation—-one of Canada's largest […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Imagine a Winnipeg...2018 Alternative Municipal Budget June 18, 2018
    Climate change; stagnant global economic growth; political polarization; growing inequality.? Our city finds itself dealing with all these issues, and more at once. The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget (AMB) is a community response that shows how the city can deal with all these issues and balance the budget.
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • Why would a boom town need charity? Inequities in Saskatchewan’s oil boom and bust May 23, 2018
    When we think of a “boomtown,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits. A Prairie Patchwork: Reliance on Oil Industry Philanthropy […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • CCPA's National Office has moved! May 11, 2018
    ? The week of May 1st, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' National Office moved to 141 Laurier Ave W, Suite 1000, Ottawa ON, K1P 5J2. Please note that our phone, fax and general e-mail will remain the same: Telephone: 613-563-1341 | Fax: 613-233-1458 | Email:?ccpa@policyalternatives.ca ?
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
  • What are Canada’s energy options in a carbon-constrained world? May 1, 2018
    Canada faces some very difficult choices in maintaining energy security while meeting emissions reduction targets.? A new?study by veteran earth scientist David Hughes—published through the Corporate Mapping Project, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute—is a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s energy systems in light of the need to maintain energy security and […]
    Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
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NDP’s “Balanced Budget” Platform

Jack Layton unveiled the NDP’s policy platform today.?? Among other things, it promises to eliminate the deficit (i.e. balance the federal budget) within four years.?? I’m not sure it should. Several years back, I had the opportunity to take a directed reading course from John Smithin.?? In addition to being a long-time member of the […]

How to defuse the crisis

This political crisis is completely the fault of the Prime Minister. Having laid the groundwork for a solid economic update last week – by saying in Lima that he had learned the lessons of the Great Depression and that he would not rule out deficits – what was tabled was a plan that did nothing […]

Fiscal Statement: Credibility Lost and Opportunity Squandered

I wasn’t originally planning to write a longer analysis and critique of Flaherty’s fiscal and economic statement beyond our immediate response because, like most people, I expected it would at least show some reasonable recognition of the problem and at least the framework for a stimulus program (besides, I had young children to pick up […]

Stock tips from the PM

“I think there’s probably a lot of great buying opportunities emerging in the stock market as a consequence of all this panic.a€? – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Oct 7, 2008, cited in the Globe from his CBC interview The TSX index closed that day at 9829.55 Today’s close was 7724.76. Thus, the TSX has dropped […]

Lettre ouverte de la part da€???conomistes canadiens

Lettre ouverte de la part da€???conomistes canadiens ?? propos de la crise ??conomique actuelle et la r??ponse du gouvernement qui sa€?impose La crise financi?¨re mondiale qui sa€?aggrave, la chute des prix des mati?¨res premi?¨res ?? la€???chelle mondiale et le risque grandissant da€?une r??cession mondiale d??voilent des faiblesses inqui??tantes de la€???conomie canadienne. Le simple fait de […]

Open Letter from Canadian Economists

The Progressive Economics Forum’s open letter is now making the rounds. Signatories include four chairs of economics?? departments, two former Presidents?? of the Canadian Economics Association, a former federal?? Secretary of State (Finance), and?? a former Quebec Minister?? of?? Industry. Here’s the text and the 88 signatories: Open Letter from Canadian Economists on the Current […]

ABC by the Numbers

Polls and elections go together like right-wingers and tax cuts, but this election campaign seems to be particularly poll-obsessed. The media’s coverage has been weak on issues with excessive attention on the horse race among the main parties. In those polls what is most striking to me is how little has changed since the 2006 […]

The Harper Record

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) have just posted to their web site a fine and timely book, edited by Teresa Healy. http://www.policyalternatives.ca/Reports/2008/09/ReportsStudies1960/index.cfm?pa=BB736455 The??book consists of about 40 chapters dissecting the two and one half year record of the Conservative government across a wide range of issues – from jobs and the economy, to […]

Costing the Liberal Platform

The Liberals released a “costed” platform today. http://www.liberal.ca/platform_e.aspx There’s a lot to like here in terms of the Liberal Party’s programmatic commitments to child care , support for manufacturing investment, green job creation, public health care, student aid, basic infrastructure, dealing with poverty, and so on – but I stand by my earlier argument that […]

Harper’s Strange EI Parental Leave Plan

Harper today announced that he would include self-employed workers in EI for purposes of paid maternity and parental leave. Extending such EI coverage is a good idea, and Quebec has already done this through a provincial adaptation of the EI program which requires a separate provincial premium rate. In Quebec, partcipation by the self-employed is […]

The Conservative – Liberal Fiscal Box

As the federal political parties begin to make promises of new spending or tax cuts, the question arises as to how much fiscal room is available to Canada’s next government.The short answer is that the Conservatives and Liberals have locked themselves into the same fiscal box, and only the NDP has the room needed to […]

Pre Election Sweetening of EI in Ontario

It has to go down as one of the most modest reponses to the manufacturing jobs crisis one could imagine. On Friday – literally on the eve of the election call -?? Human Resources Minister Monte Solberg announced that four Ontario EI regions – Huron, Niagara, Oshawa and Windsor – will be added to the […]

What if the GG said no?

It was reported today that Stephen Harper will go to Michaelle Jean on Sunday to ask that Parliament be dissolved and an election be held. But what if Jean said no? First, take a step back. An editorial in the Toronto Star put it this way yesterday: Prime Minister Stephen Harper is about to pull […]