How To Fix Income Inequality

Trish Hennessy is Director of Strategic Issues with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Several polls released this spring reveal the extent of concern among Canadians about worsening income inequality. Most Canadians say that deep income inequality undermines Canadian values. The majority of Canadians tell pollsters they would support political…
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The Real Culture of Dependency: In Defense of Atlantic Canada

Co-authored with Brian Foster “Is the EI system making it more attractive to not work?” That’s the (attempt at) thought-provoking (or fire-stoking) title of a recent National Post piece, written in the aftermath of Jim Flaherty’s intellectually lazy and socially irresponsible public musings on the psychological, voluntaristic reasons for Canada’s unemployment…
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EI Reform: Who Are We Really Subsidizing?

The Conservative government is making changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) regime. While previous changes to EI have tightened eligibility requirements, making it more difficult for workers to collect EI if they lose their job, the current proposals focus on making it harder for unemployed workers to turn down work…
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The Economics of EI “Reform.”

Changes to the EI rules announced by the government today are not rooted in any lengthy policy rationale. But Minister Finley and and the media release spoke to the need to “strengthen work incentives.” This conjures up images of  unemployed workers sitting around and spurning job offers amidst growing labour…
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Sask. Manufacturing Hits the Wall

Premier Brad Wall was Tweeting about today’s Statistics Canada report of an uptick in national manufacturing sales in March. It is an odd report for him to trumpet, given that it found a decline in Saskatchewan’s manufacturing sales that month. Another recent Statistics Canada report, Friday’s Labour Force Survey, indicates…
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Tightening the Screws on the Unemployed

The significant changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program which are to be quickly implemented through Budget 2012 with very little consultation have not received enough critical attention. First, a word on what is not in the Budget. It is disappointing, to say the least, that the government is failing…
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Defending Green Jobs at the WTO

As a partner in Blue Green Canada, the United Steelworkers have issued the following news release. Erin Weir is an economist with the United Steelworkers union and a CCPA research associate. WTO Called Upon to Dismiss Japan, EU Challenge to Canadian Renewable Energy Policy Canadian NGOs and labour unions have…
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