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COVID-19 will make the global baby bust even worse – but Canada stands to benefit

Monday, August 10th, 2020

In a future darkened by societal aging and the economic fallout from COVID-19, immigrants aren’t just the best solution; they’re our only solution… The median age of a Canadian… is 41 and rising. We don’t have the young people to pay taxes that we used to… the strong support for diversity among young people as an encouraging long-term trend… in the years to come, we’ll need all the young people we can get.

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CERB and other coronavirus benefits won’t last forever. Or will they? What a universal basic income could look like

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

We long for some good to come from this crisis, some national purpose that future generations will point to and say: There, that is when the new world began, when we started to win the war on poverty with an income for all. But maybe a basic income is simply beyond our means… We’ll predict this much: When the crisis finally ends, we’ll be talking about basic income in a way we never have before.

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Why Canada’s emergency response benefit rollout might be a mistake

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

As the Trudeau government scrambles to include one forgotten group after another in the wage-support program, the argument for shifting to a universal basic income grows more compelling… But [the Prime Minister sidestepped repeated questions… as to why the government hadn’t opted for a guaranteed basic income instead of a program that is constantly in need of fixes… the debate over a guaranteed basic income could become a major issue in the next election.

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Ottawa steps forward as COVID-19 crisis puts provinces in desperate straits

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

… temporary programs have a way of turning into permanent entitlements. Through the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit, which pays suddenly unemployed workers $2,000 a month, “we might have backed ourselves into some sort of universal basic income,” … We may have accidentally federalized welfare… The problem with creating a basic income more or less by accident is that no one knows how to pay for it, or how it would adapt to regional realities.

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After 25 years, free-trade deal with U.S. has helped Canada grow up

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Sep. 29 2012
Canada has not, as opponents predicted, become an economic appendage to the American giant, a 51st state in all but name… We are, if anything, a freer actor in the world than we were before the deal was signed, 25 years ago… But the benefits are also debatable… Despite rosy predictions, Canadian productivity continues to lag; too little gets researched here and not enough is developed… The real legacy, however, may be intangible.

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For Republicans, Canada is a convenient truth

Monday, August 27th, 2012

26 August 2012
As recently as 2010, this country was a socialist gulag where death panels decided who lived and who died. Today, we are a model of low taxes, balanced budgets and responsible energy development… The country hasn’t changed at all. What has changed are conservative talking points in the United States. Then, they needed Canada to be a model of failure. Now, they need Canada to be a model of success.

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Canadians have little confidence in governments to solve issues that matter most: Study

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

25 July 2012
“When we look at transformative issues such as health care, such as the aging population…there’s not a lot of confidence in our ability to find solutions… But there tends to be a higher level of confidence in public policy issues that are more transactional.”… developing Canada’s natural resources, policing the border, trading with other nations, and improving infrastructure, such as roads and bridges… On improving the quality of life for Canada’s first nations, most Canadians appear not to care and not to believe anything can be done.

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Harper unbound: An analysis of his first year as majority PM

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Apr. 28, 2012
For most of Canada’s history the Liberals and the Progressive Conservatives did not differ fundamentally in political philosophy. Each attempted to broker competing regional, linguistic and class interests. A third, values-based party, the NDP, camped out on the left. But Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party is infused with his own dedication to economic and social conservatism. Rather than being a brokerage party, it is values based. Eventually, a progressive coalition will rise to challenge it, making national politics a two-party, values-based contest. That progressive coalition could form around the NDP or the Liberals – or it could emerge from a merger of the two.

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Why isn’t EI reform on Harper government’s radar?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Feb. 01, 2012
A system that treated each jobless worker equally regardless of the local environment would encourage labour mobility and improve productivity. No wonder Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall damns the existing system as a “huge disincentive against getting people to go where there is a job. The principle infused into this ought to encourage people to go where the work is.” … Whatever the reason, reforming employment insurance so that all workers are treated equally, however much it would benefit the economy, is a can the Tories appear to have kicked down the road.

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Attawapiskat exposes urgent need for native education reforms

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Nov. 30, 2011
Native education in Canada is simply a string of disasters. There’s no need here to recite again the ills of the residential schools system; its replacement – on-reserve schools funded by Ottawa and run by local band councils – haven’t done much better… But… [In NS and BC] native school boards are pooling resources, supervising on-reserve schools and overseeing a curriculum that meets provincial standards while also emphasizing native languages, culture and history.

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