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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.

Yes, let’s lower the voting age in Canada.

January 31st, 2016 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Children & youth, Democracy

I was very pleased to see that MP Don Davies introduced a private member’s bill this past week calling for the voting age to be lowered to age 16. I know private member’s bills usually never make it, but this one is well worth other MPs’ backing. I’ve long been of the view that youth […]

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No shortage of compelling ideas for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

January 19th, 2016 · Seth Klein · No Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy

New federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has invited Canadians to submit their ideas and priorities for the next Federal Budget. People are welcome to share their suggestions via email, a survey and social media on a site the government has created here. The finance minister says, “I am embarking on an intensive cross-Canada conversation with […]

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Admitting a post-Paris truth: BC’s LNG pipe dream is over

December 28th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Environment, resources & sustainability

Since the signing of the new climate treaty in Paris earlier this month, there’s been plenty of debate as to whether the new global agreement is a turning point or merely more hollow promises. The answer, as the CCPA’s Marc Lee has written, will be revealed in how governments and markets react. In particular, the […]

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We need a “war-time” approach to tackling the climate challenge

November 10th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability

“So far as it is possible, Canada’s effort in this war must be a planned and concerted national effort… In order to have the tremendous quantities of supplies available at the right time, and in the right place, it is imperative that the economic life of Canada be reorganized, but not disorganized. The economic forces […]

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We have a new federal government. What now?

October 22nd, 2015 · Seth Klein · 14 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Democracy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub Monday’s election results brought a palpable sense of relief to Canadians who had tired of the divisive and nasty politics of the Harper Conservatives, and they point to important lessons for progressives (which we outlined in this previous post). But a majority government is certainly a lost opportunity. A […]

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Relief, cautious optimism and disappointments – lessons from the 2015 federal election

October 22nd, 2015 · Seth Klein · 14 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Taxes

By Seth Klein and Shannon Daub It’s only been a few days since Canadians turfed the Harper Conservatives from office. But it feels like a month’s worth of catharsis, in the form of profound relief that after almost ten years of policies harmful to the environment, public services, social cohesion and democracy, the mean man […]

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The Leap Manifesto is ambitious, but it’s not the end of capitalism

October 7th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 3 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Election commentary

Only “Radical” Next to Parties’ Modest Climate Plans The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another was launched by a group of prominent Canadians on September 15. So far, over 25,000 Canadians have added their names to the declaration. In the face of the ho-hum party platforms […]

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Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government

October 6th, 2015 · Seth Klein · Comments Off on Albertans support climate action and a carbon tax: lessons for the next federal government · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary

Congratulations to the Pembina Institute on a poll they conducted with EKOS Research, assessing support for climate action among Albertans. The results are fascinating and hopeful. You can find the full results here, and a good postmedia summary here. But a few highlights: A large majority of respondents (70%) support investing in renewable energy sources […]

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Closing small business tax loopholes

October 2nd, 2015 · Seth Klein · Comments Off on Closing small business tax loopholes · Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

The NDP, Liberals, Conservatives and Greens are now all proposing to cut the small business tax rate from 11% to 9% (albeit on slightly differing timelines), an unnecessary and unwise policy, as outlined in previous CCPA posts. It may make for good politics, but it’s a policy with no economic merit. It’s not all bad […]

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Some strengths and weaknesses in the Green Party platform

September 18th, 2015 · Seth Klein · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

My recent post comparing the NDP and Liberal election positions to date drew some criticism for leaving out the Green Party. So hoping to rectify that with this post on what I see as some strengths and weaknesses of the Green plan. On Sept. 9, The Green Party became the first of the major parties […]

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