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Seth Klein’s Blog Posts

Seth Klein is the BC Director of the CCPA. Seth’s research deals primarily with welfare policy, poverty, inequality and economic security. A social activist for over 20 years and a former teacher, Seth is a founding board member with the Vancouver-based Centre for Native Policy and Research. He is also an advisory board member for the Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance, and an advisor and instructor for Next Up, a leadership program for young people committed to social and environmental justice.

Raising RRSP withdrawal limit no solution to unaffordable housing

August 13th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 3 Comments · Housing & homelessness, Taxes

Far be it from me to school the Prime Minister on the laws of supply and demand. He is, after all, the one who has extensively studied neo-liberal economics. But the Conservatives’ plan to increase what first-time homebuyers can pull from their RRSPs for a down payment – from a maximum of $25K to $35K […]

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When telling the truth gets you in trouble: Getting serious about serious issues

August 12th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 3 Comments · Climate change, Energy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare

“As leaders we have a responsibility to fully articulate the risks our people face. If the politics are not favorable to speaking truthfully, then clearly we must devote more energy to changing the politics.” – Marlene Moses, Ambassador to the United Nations for the South Pacific island nation of Nauru, 2012 “The ecologically necessary is […]

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Doubling contribution limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts exposes true intent of a bad policy

April 15th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

Last week, federal finance minister Joe Oliver re-affirmed that his government seeks to double the annual limit to Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs), from $5,500 to $11,000. This is a terrible idea. When the TFSA was first introduced, the claim at the time was that the policy was intended to support modest income people wanting to […]

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Balanced Budget Legislation – another zombie policy returns from the dead

April 11th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Ah, here we go again – when seeking to assert credibility as sound fiscal managers, governments reach for the tired gimmick of “balanced budget legislation” (BBL). It’s not about good economics. Nor about good public policy. Just crass politics. And now the federal government is once again dangling this useless policy ploy. The CCPA-BC was […]

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Why we’re voting YES to new transit and transportation funding

March 2nd, 2015 · Seth Klein · 20 Comments · Taxes

By Seth Klein, Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova In the upcoming transit and transportation referendum, we think the benefits of a YES outcome outweigh the negatives for the following reasons: Referenda are a terrible way to make tax policy. But a referendum is nevertheless before Metro Vancouver residents, and we can’t afford to ignore it. […]

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Now is exactly the right time to regulate oil and gas

December 11th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Climate change

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Harper declared that, given oil prices plummeting to $60-70 a barrel, now would be a “crazy” time to introduce regulations on the oil and gas sector. This comes after promising nine years ago that the federal government would bring in new GHG regulations on the oil and gas sector (but […]

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Refuting the tired claims of those opposed to minimum wage increases

November 28th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 6 Comments · Economy, Employment & labour, Poverty, inequality & welfare

In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece, Laura Jones of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business warns against minimum wage increases, calling it “Fa-la-la economics”. Perhaps it’s not the season to be so Grinch-like. Jones is right about one thing – the minimum wage is not a magic cure for our economic woes. No one has […]

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If the political will is there, the money is too to settle teachers’ dispute

September 13th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Children & youth, Education, Provincial budget & finance

I’ve submitted the following Letter to the Editor to the Vancouver Sun. Hoping they publish it in the next couple days: Enough with the pleas of a bare cupboard from the Premier, Finance Minister and Education Minister. If the political will is there, there is plenty of money to settle the teachers’ dispute, hire more […]

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How to fund improvements in class-size and composition: a matter of political will

June 3rd, 2014 · Seth Klein · 28 Comments · Children & youth, Education, Taxes

If a compromise is to be reached in the current bargaining between teachers and the government, the long-standing issue of improving class-size and composition must be resolved. The government insists that there is no money to make substantial improvements in this area (notwithstanding multiple court losses telling the province that it must make good on […]

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CCPA submission to BC consultation on forest tenures

May 26th, 2014 · Seth Klein · 1 Comment · Environment, resources & sustainability, First Nations & Aboriginal

Earlier today, I submitted the following on behalf of the CCPA to Mr Jim Snetsinger, who is leading a consultation on area-based forest tenures on behalf of the BC government (FYI, the deadline for input into this consultation is Friday May 30, and submissions can be made via email to: forest.tenures@gov.bc.ca): CCPA Submission to Consultation […]

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