Alternative Federal Budget 2018: A bold plan for a prosperous future

The following remarks are excerpted from the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget press conference, featuring Gauri Sreenivasan, David Macdonald and Peter Bleyer (February 22, Parliament Hill).  Today we are releasing the CCPA’s 23rd annual Alternative Federal Budget. Our Budget is a roadmap for policymakers; a set of realistic, fully costed proposals based…
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Is Canada backing away from NAFTA’s unreasonable investment chapter?

Inside US Trade is reporting today that the Canadian government is prepared to let go of NAFTA’s controversial investor-state dispute settlement process (ISDS) in a renegotiated deal, possibly in exchange for keeping NAFTA’s Chapter 19 review mechanism for antidumping and countervailing duty decisions by North American governments. This would be…
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Ten things to know about homelessness in BC

On February 20, the British Columbia government will table its next provincial budget. With that in mind, it’s useful to reflect on the province’s homelessness crisis—along with the various public policy factors that have likely contributed to it. Here are 10 things to know: 1. Public operating spending by BC’s…
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Ontario January job numbers: Keep calm and carry on

Don’t leap to conclusions from January’s job loss numbers in Ontario. We can’t draw conclusions from one month’s worth of data; The lion’s share of job losses were not concentrated in minimum wage sectors; It will take time for this increase in the minimum wage to work its way through…
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Planning for progress: Minimum wage increase is a correction long overdue

The recent minimum wage increase in Ontario has underscored business sector fear-mongering and mainstream media’s misreporting of the projected economic impacts. But, interestingly, the increase has received significant public support, according to a survey from Forum Research. And while one would expect those currently earning below $15/hr to be enthusiastic,…
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12 arguments for the $15 minimum wage debate

Discussions about raising the minimum wage for workers often generate maximum rage from business. But is there any truth to the arguments and fear mongering? Let’s take a look. 1) The fear mongering is overblown It’s hard to miss the reports predicting job losses as a result of the minimum…
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