For P.E.I., a model for a guaranteed basic income that is feasible and affordable
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By: Benoît Robidoux, Wayne Simpson and Barbara Boraks. A guaranteed basic income (GBI) has been discussed for more than half a century in Canada, but a well-researched proposal that takes into consideration both economic and political realities has never been put forward. Therefore, it has never been possible to develop viable alternatives to the status quo targeted approach to poverty reduction – an approach that is sometimes viewed as keeping people in poverty. Until now. The November 2023 publication of the report A Proposal For A Guaranteed Basic Income Benefit For Prince Edward Island ad ..read more
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Ottawa saves the day by raising capital gains tax
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4d ago
By: Luc Godbout. (Version française disponible ici) In her economic update last autumn, federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland set three main objectives for the 2024 budget. The first was to keep the announced deficit in 2023-2024 at or below the 2023 budget forecast of $40.1 billion. The second was to lower the debt-to-GDP ratio in 2024-2025 compared with the fall economic statement (42.7 per cent), and to keep it on a downward trajectory thereafter. The third was to continue the decline in the deficit-to-GDP ratio in 2024-2025, and then to keep it below 1 per cent of GDP in 2026-2027 an ..read more
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Our North, Strong and Free: Odd innovations in Canadian defence policy
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4d ago
By: Eugene Lang. In the 2022 budget, tabled on April 7 of that year, six weeks after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Trudeau government announced it would undertake a “swift“ defence policy review. On April 8 of this year – 732 days later – the government published the results of that review under the title Our North, Strong and Free: A Renewed Vision for Canada’s Defence. A new definition of swift was thus born. Much has been already written about Our North, Strong and Free. Its sensible emphasis on threats to, and investments in, Canada’s Arctic and Northern defence has been noted. The ..read more
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The federal government must tackle water pollution from the oilsands
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4d ago
By:  Aliénor Rougeot and Anna McIntosh. Perched on the shores of the Athabasca River in northern Alberta are a staggering 1.4 trillion litres of toxic industrial waste, stored in open pits known as tailings ponds created through oil production. For decades, it has been public knowledge that this toxic waste is leaking into the surrounding environment. Yet the federal government has still not investigated the true dangers posed by these substances. This could change immediately. With tools at its disposal under federal laws, it is time for Ottawa to take responsibility and protect communi ..read more
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Canada must be more audacious with efforts to attract global talent
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By: Creso Sá. The continuing growth and remarkably diverse composition of the Canada we all know today is thanks to one main factor: historically high levels of immigration. A well-established multiculturalism policy, positive public attitudes toward immigration and the lack of meaningful success of anti-immigration politics have contributed to Canada’s continued openness to newcomers. Springboarding off these realities, the pro-immigration lobby group Century Initiative is advocating for increased immigration levels to reach a total population of 100 million by 2100. That would double curren ..read more
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The lasting impacts of work-from-home
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6d ago
By: Graham Lowe, Karen D. Hughes and Frank Graves. One legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada is the ongoing shift in work arrangements and location. Work-from-home (WFH), once considered a temporary emergency solution to the initial lockdowns in 2020, has taken root, reshaping how individuals work in many sectors. In a previous Policy Options article, we explored this trend using data from a survey called Shaping the Future of Work in Canada conducted in 2022 by EKOS Research Associates. At the time, over 40 per cent of respondents were still working from home or had done so until recentl ..read more
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Big tech kneecaps anyone researching it. The online harms bill needs to remove barriers to analysis
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1w ago
By: Sabreena Delhon, Béatrice Wayne and Alex MacIsaac. The federal government recently introduced its long-promised Online Harms Act, Bill C-63. Reaction so far has largely focused on the provisions to keep children safe online, on the extent to which the bill does or does not overreach in its definition of hate speech, as Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre thinks, and whether it encroaches on freedom of expression, as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association has warned. These are worthwhile discussions as the bill moves through the Commons, but it is critical to focus public attention on a ..read more
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The best, fastest way to meaningfully help low-income Canadians
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1w ago
By: Gillian Petit. Low-income Canadians are struggling and urgently need more support. This is not news. Provincial welfare benefits, which provide money to buy food and other necessities, have been below Canada’s official poverty line since at least 2013. But the situation has become considerably worse because of the post-pandemic surge in inflation. In Ontario, where the official poverty line was $27,631 in 2022, a single working-age adult received $10,253 in welfare income. Welfare incomes were the lowest in Alberta, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Research shows that targeted cash transfer ..read more
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A timid reform for parental unions
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By: Robert Leckey. (Version française disponible ici) Since 1980, unmarried cohabitation, or de facto union as it is known is Quebec, has emerged as the province’s dominant form of conjugal life. Yet during this time, the National Assembly has never addressed the relations between de facto spouses, whose relationships entail neither rights nor obligations under family law. This long inaction ended with the justice minister’s tabling of Bill 56 in March respecting family law reform and establishing the parental union regime. However, this long-awaited reform gives cause for hesitation and even ..read more
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It’s time for Ottawa to treat food production as a strategic asset
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1w ago
By: Tyler McCann. Most Canadians interact with agriculture only in the grocery store – often worrying about high food prices. With their daily preoccupations and the physical distance between where they live, work and shop, and most farms, it is not a surprise that many people are unaware of the sector’s importance. However, agriculture is an increasingly important strategic asset and the time is right for Canada to put it at the core of future plans. This April’s federal budget is an opportunity to commit to a more strategic, ambitious vision for agriculture and food, with investments focuse ..read more
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