The Polls and the Proles

The polls are suggesting a Harper majority may be in the cards, but they may be counting out the wild card in this deck: young people. How do polls work? Pollsters call people.  On land lines. Who answers land lines?  Not many young people anymore.  They’re constantly connected through their…
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The Cost of Doubling CPP

Barrie McKenna’s appraisal of party positions in the Globe today wrongly assumes that the NDP proposal to double CPP benefits would require a doubling of CPP premiums. The current combined employee/employer premium rate of just under 10% of covered earnings was set a few years back to make up for…
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No More Tough-on-Crime

About 40% of the Harper government’s recent legislative agenda was devoted to crime laws. Most of these would have created new offences and mandated longer sentences. The Conservative government said this was the way to get violent, repeat offenders off the streets and to fight “guns, gangs and drugs.” On…
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Electing to House Canadians – or Not?

Little has been said by the political parties about housing in the lead up to the federal election on May 2. This is surprising, considering that approximately 1.27 million households (or 12.4 percent of Canadian households) live in housing that requires major repairs, is overcrowded, and/or costs more than 30…
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