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What the new federal budget means for BC

March 23rd, 2016 · · Comments Off on What the new federal budget means for BC · Economy, Employment & labour, First Nations & Aboriginal, Housing & homelessness, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

At first glance, BC appears somewhat isolated from the economic challenges the rest of Canada is facing but there are a number of worrying signs. Nearly half of British Columbians see the economic conditions in BC as “poor” or “very poor.” The economy may be growing but prosperity is not broadly shared. Despite decent economic growth, poverty remains […]

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BC throne speech rhetoric doesn’t match reality

February 10th, 2016 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance

Yesterday’s throne speech paints a rosy picture of BC as an “island of prosperity.” It acknowledges that “all British Columbians deserve to share in the benefits of a growing economy” but it glosses over the fact that many currently don’t. What is worse, the provincial government’s own inaction in key policy areas is what’s causing tremendous hardship […]

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Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP

February 9th, 2016 · · Comments Off on Lower premiums for single parents not enough; it’s time to see the end of MSP · Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

In the lead up to the provincial budget we talk a lot about the changes we want to see in how our government is spending our public funds. And with good reason. After years of neglect and underfunding, alarming holes are emerging in key areas from child protection services and public schools to housing affordability and climate action. They need […]

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No shortage of compelling ideas for Finance Minister Bill Morneau

January 19th, 2016 · · Comments Off on No shortage of compelling ideas for Finance Minister Bill Morneau · 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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We need a “war-time” approach to tackling the climate challenge

November 10th, 2015 · · 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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Relief, cautious optimism and disappointments – lessons from the 2015 federal election

October 22nd, 2015 · · 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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Some strengths and weaknesses in the Green Party platform

September 18th, 2015 · · 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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The best of all policies: my wish for the ideal platform

September 2nd, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare

I’m often asked which opposition party, with a potential to win the election, has the better platform when it comes to tackling climate change and inequality – the two great inconvenient truths of our time, and the focus of much of our work at CCPA. (I’m leaving out from this comparison the Conservatives, who have thus […]

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

April 15th, 2015 · · 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 · · 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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