Investing in Care, Not Profit

Central to building the care economy is reversing our dependence on for profit delivery. Here is a position paper by a number of colleagues and I on addressing the tragedy of long term care. https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/investing-care-not-profit

What would a transformational budget look like?

Reactions to this week’s federal budget have been all over the map. Is it too much, too little? Is it the shock the country needs or a missed opportunity to set a new course? As expected, a number of headlines are preoccupied with the numbers – spending, deficits, debt – and compared to the constrained … Continue reading

The Case for Deficits and Higher Taxes

Rather than wringing our hands about if and when the federal government plans to balance the budget or about the lack of a fiscal anchor to discipline federal spending, we should take the opportunity to assess the costs of decades of austerity and have the long overdue debate about the role of debt and taxes … Continue reading

A Cure for Deficit and Tax Phobia

It started as a FB post, morphed into this CCPA blog, and who knows what’s next: the case for an approach to public finance that enables the level of ambition these times require: The upcoming federal budget is likely to set the terms of the next federal election.  The deficit hawks who had been quiet … Continue reading

Don’t Panic: Debt Can Build a Better World

This is an updated version of an article that first appeared in Alberta Views (December issue). COVID-19, this microscopic bug, seems to have upended just about everything. History provides no perfect analogy for what has turned out to be a global health, social and economic catastrophe. Not since the Depression have we experienced such a … Continue reading

Review of Hugh Segal’s Bootstraps Need Boots

Hugh Segal has written an engaging personal and political memoir and plea for basic income. Here’s my review in Alberta Views.

How to Pay for a Just and Green Recovery

Some colleagues and I published this piece on how to pay for “building back better”. The Broadbent Institute published this longer version here.

After the Pandemic

First Policy Response has brought together diverse views (including my own) on how the pandemic recession differs from previous recessions and what we need to do to get through this and come out better at the other end. Key points – from my admittedly biased perspective: Recovery will be slow and bumpy and will depend … Continue reading