Why Minority Government is Good for Canada

The following piece was originally written by CCPA Executive Director Bruce Campbell and CCPA BC Director Seth Klein in the lead-up to the 2006 federal election. Given Stephen Harper’s repeated appeal for a majority in the current campaign (and his frequent assertion that a minority government will fail to provide…
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From “Meh” to We

More people are paying attention to politics during this election than in the 2008 election. Still, the majority doesn’t seem to much care about the big, life-shaping political issues that lie just below the surface of this election – the increasingly blatant attacks on our democratic institutions by the government…
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Of the 1%, For the 1%, By the 1%

The first leg of the federal election campaign has featured much debate over who benefits from different proposals. At least indirectly, it has been a discussion about income inequality as the federal parties reveal proposals that could widen or close income disparities while growing the economy. Against this noisy foreground, two…
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Silencing Dissent: The Harper Record

Over on the CCPA website, we’ve posted an excellent article by intern Maria Gergin on the Harper Government’s record of silencing dissent. The article includes a list of 79 community organizations, agencies, NGOs, research bodies and programs which have been cancelled, or whose funding has been cut or dramatically decreased…
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Coalitions and the Economy

Harper’s key framing argument is that a stable majority is needed to maintain an economic recovery which would be derailed by a coalition. I find this more than a little ironic. Canada has indeed had a milder recession and stronger (though increasingly tepid) recovery than other advanced industrial countries. Real…
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