Posts by Alex Hemingway

Alex Hemingway

About Alex Hemingway

Alex Hemingway is the Public Finance Policy Analyst at the CCPA-BC. His work focuses on the state of BC’s public services, including education, health care, social services and regulation, particularly in the face of growing societal challenges that require a collective response. He also investigates the taxation system and its relationship to inequality and the capacity of government to provide high-quality and accessible public services. Alex is finishing a PhD in Political Science at UBC, where his dissertation focuses on the relationship between economic inequality and inequality of political influence. He holds two master’s degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc Social Policy and Planning; MSc Global Politics), as well as a BA in psychology from SFU, with a focus on evolutionary psychology and the evolution of human morality. Follow Alex on Twitter

Brace yourself for more stale arguments on taxes

Jun 20, 2017
What will happen if a new BC government raises taxes on rich individuals and corporations as the NDP promised in its election platform? If years of finger-wagging from pundits and the business lobby can be believed, you might assume the sky will come crashing down—right onto the BC economy. It’s an argument that’s been hammered… View Article

Four lessons about electoral reform for a new BC government

Jun 5, 2017
Under their recent agreement, the BC NDP and Greens have promised a referendum on electoral reform in BC. This is great news. A huge amount of good could come from changing our outdated first-past-the-post (FPTP) system, as Alex Himelfarb argued in a recent analysis for CCPA (although he was speaking to the federal context). Let’s… View Article

The incredible shrinking role of government in BC

Apr 25, 2017
As BC’s political parties lay out their election platforms, media pundits tend to focus on the flurry of spending promises. But all this attention on spending makes it easy to forget that we’ve actually witnessed an incredible shrinking of government’s role in BC over the past 15 years. Unlike the strange mist that shrinks Scott… View Article

BC Budget 2017: $600 million in tax breaks for business

Mar 17, 2017
Does the BC business sector need a tax cut? Not so much. But Budget 2017 promises to give business over $600 million in additional annual tax breaks nonetheless. That’s more than half a billion dollars annually that won’t be invested in creating affordable high-quality child care spaces, building affordable housing (as opposed to a one-off… View Article

Trump and Trudeau are gunning to massively privatize infrastructure – and it’s going to cost you

Jan 10, 2017
As with most of Donald Trump’s policy ideas, details are still sparse on his plan for rebuilding America’s crumbling infrastructure. But two main pillars of the plan, outlined during the election campaign, stand out. First, he’s talking a big game – a proposed $1 trillion in infrastructure investment to be “spurred” over 10 years. Second—and… View Article

The crumbling case for two-tiered health care

Dec 15, 2016
Brian Day has put Canadian universal health care on trial in BC Supreme Court, seeking to swing the doors open to privatization by challenging foundational laws that underpin our public health system. Yet ironically, at the same time, the public policy case for privatized health care is increasingly in tatters. As I recently discussed, the… View Article