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Entries Tagged as 'role of government'

We have a new federal government. What now?

October 22nd, 2015 · · 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 · · 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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Why my dad and I will vote for health

October 15th, 2015 · · 2 Comments · Democracy, Election commentary, Health care, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Privatization, P3s & public services

As a family physician, the most important way I can help (and not harm) my patients, is to vote for healthcare in this election.

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The dangers of deregulation extend beyond mining disasters

August 22nd, 2014 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Privatization, P3s & public services, Provincial budget & finance, Transparency & accountability

The Mount Polley Mine disaster has raised important questions about the risks and costs of deregulation of the mining industry in BC. I spoke about this issue recently on CBC Vancouver’s Early Edition and CBC Kamloops’ Daybreak (if you missed it, there’s audio here, starts around 1:00:48). As a citizen and as a public interest […]

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How Doctors are Paid in BC

February 22nd, 2014 · · 3 Comments · Health care, Provincial budget & finance

  [A version of this piece was posted on the Tyee] Health care is the biggest, most expensive and most important thing that government does. Hospital care swallows up a large proportion of the health care budget, but primary care in the community takes care of most patient needs and keeps people out of hospital. […]

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Reality check on government spending: is the overspending fear mongering justified

May 9th, 2013 · · 2 Comments · Economy, Provincial budget & finance

Both main parties in this election campaign are accusing the other of being big spenders. The BC Liberals claim the BC NDP is making election promises that are too expensive and argue the 1990s (the last time the NDP was in government) was a time of particularly high spending. The BC NDP points out that […]

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Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education

October 9th, 2012 · · Comments Off on Time to Rethink The Way We Fund Higher Education · Children & youth, Economy, Education, Employment & labour, Provincial budget & finance, Taxes

This September, like every year, a new group of high school graduates headed to college or university to pursue higher education. But today’s generation of students is in for a very different experience from the ones their parents had. On campuses across the country shiny new buildings are popping up, bearing corporate logos or the […]

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Reflections on the year past and the year to come: Inequality explodes into the public discourse

December 22nd, 2011 · · 2 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Poverty, inequality & welfare

If this past year  — marked by the Arab Spring and the fall arrival of the Occupy movement — has taught us anything, it is that we never know when historic moments come. And when they do, that which seemed political impossible is suddenly in play. Many of us found the explosion of the Occupy […]

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A Challenge to BC’s Leadership Candidates: Dare to Be Bold and to Tell Us the Truth

January 4th, 2011 · · 15 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes

Some thoughts on what I’d love to hear in the current leadership contests: As a number of fundamental crises become more apparent (ecological and economic, not to mention the democratic deficit), the public is looking for bold ideas and bold leadership. Sadly, too many political strategists (as they will confess in private company) operate on […]

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Big municipal tax shift a great deal for business

November 7th, 2010 · · 1 Comment · Economy, Environment, resources & sustainability, Municipalities, Taxes

Municipal spending and municipal taxes are amongst the lowest in Canada. KPMG says businesses in Vancouver have the lowest business taxes amongst 41 cities they studied. So how come the pressure keeps coming to shift property taxes away from business and on to residential taxpayers?

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