Omnibus Crime Bill an Injustice

This fall the Harper government will pass an omnibus crime bill that will imprison thousands more Canadians and cost billions of dollars. It will not do as advertised by the Conservatives and drive the crime rate down. It will simply incarcerate for longer the many citizens who fall afoul of…
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BC’s Regressive Tax Shift

With much of the talk on taxes in BC about the HST, we issued a new report today that looks at the bigger context for BC’s tax system (Vancouver Sun oped here, CTV News story here). Iglika Ivanova, Seth Klein and I compare and contrast BC’s tax system after a…
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Not allowed to talk about poverty

BC Stats put out a release yesterday with the headline “Low Income Cut-Offs (LICOs) are a Poor Measure of Poverty” and author Dan Schrier gets in a dirty hit right in first paragraph: Despite protestations from Statistics Canada that LICOs are not meant to be used as a measure of…
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Summertime and the Reading is Easy

Staff at the CCPA would like nothing better than to curl up with a good book (or 10) this summer. Since today is the first day of summer, we thought we’d share some of our favourite summer reading suggestions for progressives. What’s on your reading list this summer? Armine Yalnizyan,…
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Incomes and the Recession

Today’s Statscan release “Incomes of Canadians” provides data for 2009 and a partial reading on the impacts of the recession. (I say partial because the 2008 annual average data were impacted by the onset of the recession in the last quarter of the year, and since these impacts continued well…
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Evaluating Corporate Tax Cuts

Don Drummond has an op-ed in today’s Toronto Star concluding: Federal and provincial governments and the Canadian business sector should [establish] monitoring mechanisms that will permit regular reports to Canadians on whether the Canadian corporate tax revolution is producing benefits for them. As an advocate of corporate tax cuts, he…
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The Benefits of Higher Resource Royalties

The Canadian Union of Public Employees has launched a great new blog, Imagine What We Could Do, about the things that Saskatchewan should accomplish by raising resource royalties. It draws upon a Relentlessly Progressive Economic analysis of how the province could collect more royalty revenue and outlines public expenditure priorities for…
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