By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
The right-wing’s regressive anti-union rhetoric and U.S.-styled attacks on the labour movement threatens Canada’s prosperity, says a report recently released by the progressive Canadian think tank Broadbent Institute.
The report expresses grave concern about the Conservative government’s current political agenda and “highly-organized right-wing campaign to import American-style anti-labour laws to Canada.”
“Once-extreme ideas have bubbled over to become mainstream policy debate,” says the report, titled “Union Communities, Healthy Communities: The Attach on Unions And Its Threat To Shared Prosperity in Canada“.
By Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive | Jan. 26, 2013:
A new study by two economists from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), an independent left-leaning policy research institute, says Canada’s tax system is in dire need of “fairness” reform. Marc Lee and Iglika Ivanova argue that “ad-hoc tax changes over the last two decades have seriously weakened the redistributive role of Canada’s tax system at a time when market inequalities call for more, not less, redistribution.”
Their report, titled Fairness by Design: A Framework for Tax Reform in Canada, recommends the creation of a Fair Tax Commission, whose key mandate would be to “examine how federal taxes and transfers work together as a system and make recommendations for changes.”
By Parkland Institute | Jan. 28, 2013:
EDMONTON – Analysis by the Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of new data on Canada’s richest 1% shows that Alberta has become the country’s most unequal province and Calgary its most unequal city.
The new data shows that incomes (adjusted for inflation) for the top 1% of Albertan doubled between 1982 and 2010, posting a shocking increase of $320,000. By comparison, the bottom 90% of Albertans saw their incomes increase by a total of only $3,900 over the same time period.