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 […]
Entries Tagged as 'role of government'
October 22nd, 2015 · Seth Klein · 14 Comments · Climate change & energy policy, Democracy, Election commentary, Poverty, inequality & welfare, Taxes
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 […]
October 15th, 2015 · Dr. Vanessa Brcic · 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.
August 22nd, 2014 · Iglika Ivanova · 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 […]
February 22nd, 2014 · Dr. Vanessa Brcic · 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. […]
May 9th, 2013 · Iglika Ivanova · 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 […]
October 9th, 2012 · Iglika Ivanova · 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 […]
December 22nd, 2011 · Seth Klein · 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 […]
January 4th, 2011 · Seth Klein · 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 […]
November 7th, 2010 · Blair Redlin · 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?