Alberta Politics: Documents show B.C. ‘Climate Leadership Plan’ was cooked up in Calgary boardroom of powerful petroleum industry lobby

PHOTOS: British Columbia’s beautiful Legislature Building in Victoria – not, as it turns out, where the province’s climate policy is set! Below: CCPA-BC’s Shannon Daub, former B.C. Liberal premier Christy Clark (Photo: Wikimedia Commons), B.C. NDP Premier John Horgan, and environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. Using documents obtained through a Freedom of Information filing, the British Columbia ...

Alberta Politics: United Conservative Party stance on climate change amounts to not much more than hot air

PHOTOS: Hurricane Harvey batters Corpus Christie, Texas. (Photo: ABC News.) Below: Guest post author Barret Weber, Conservative leadership contenders Jason Kenney and Brian Jean, and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives researchers Shannon Daub and Seth Klein. Guest Post by Barret Weber One truly surprising aspect of the United Conservative Party leadership race to date has ...

The Canadian Progressive: Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country Agreement

It’s disingenuous for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly claim that Canada is safe for asylum claimants while the Bush-era Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement (STCA) prevents refugees coming from the Unites States from seeking safe haven in Canada. The post Now is the time for Canada to walk away from the Safe Third Country ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada 150: Reconciling who we are with who we want to be

Today, on the occasion of Canada 150, we should be asking ourselves tough questions relating to the role of public policy in Canada’s ongoing efforts at reconciling with Indigenous people. According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives: “Above all, we must deliberately put Indigenous voices and lived experiences at the centre of policy-making conversations ...

The Canadian Progressive: Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions

One of the key faulty assumptions underlying Canada’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline is that Alberta’s bitumen is being unfairly discounted by U.S. buyers and that its price can be maximized by getting it to Asian markets. The post Approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline was based on faulty assumptions appeared first ...

Alberta Politics: Mapping the ‘Kleintastrophe’ – veteran journalist and researcher tracks energy policies of past Alberta PC governments

PHOTOS: Alberta premier Ralph Klein at the start of the Kleintastrophe in 1992. (Screenshot of CBC broadcast.) Below: Calgary journalist and researcher Gillian Steward, former Alberta Liberal leader Kevin Taft, the best premier Alberta never had, and would-be United Conservative Party leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer. As the years Ralph Klein headed Alberta’s government recede into ...

Alberta Politics: Report questioning tidewater premium for Alberta petroleum undermines a powerful narrative … expect fireworks

PHOTOS: No Smoking … no kidding! An oil tanker sits in a Spanish port. B.C. environmentalists don’t want to see scenes like this on their coast. (Photo: Wikipedia Commons) A lot of Albertans believe they’re going to have to. Below: Report Author David Hughes and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Whether or not it is actually ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s vanishing point: Reconciliation and the erasure of Indian personhood

According to Tara Williamson, a singer-songwriter and poet from Manitoba, one of the many problems inherent in Canada’s current effort to reconcile with Indigenous peoples is this: “We must be willing to reconcile, willing to hear apologies, willing to share our trauma with others, willing to heal and willing to forgive.” The post Canada’s vanishing ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

Alberta Politics: Who needs old-time climate change deniers when we’ve got the ‘New Climate Denialism’?

PHOTOS: Shannon Daub, associate director of the CCPA’s British Columbia office and co-director of the Corporate Mapping Project, at the mapping project’s 2017 Summer Institute at the University of Victoria this week. Below: CCPA B.C. Director Seth Klein (Twitter) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. VICTORIA, B.C. Just because there are hardly any climate change deniers ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada Revenue Agency suspends controversial Harper-era audit of charities

The Canada Revenue Agency has suspended the controversial Harper-era auditing of Canadian charities’ political activities. But some targeted organizations such as the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a respected left-leaning think-tank, still await closure on their audit. The post Canada Revenue Agency suspends controversial Harper-era audit of charities appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Federal budget must take action on inequality and boost economy

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ latest annual Alternative Federal Budget urges the federal government to table a budget that makes good on its promises to reduce income inequality and drive inclusive growth. The post Federal budget must take action on inequality and boost economy appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Victoria is the best place to be a woman in Canada

A recent study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives confirms Victoria as the best city to be a woman in Canada in 2016. The capital of British Columbia also grabbed top spot in the CCPA’s 2015 study. The post Victoria is the best place to be a woman in Canada appeared first on The ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study

The Canada-EU trade deal, CETA, “will elevate the rights of corporations above workers and the environment and undermine government regulatory flexibility,” new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds. The post Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study

A new study says the expanded rights granted to foreign investors in the Trans-Pacific Partnership delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors while posing major risks for ordinary populations of TPP countries. The post TPP undermines public health systems, delivers unjustified benefits to foreign investors: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical costs in Canada, government admits

A Trudeau government official recently admitted that TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical costs in Canada. According to the official, it’s “correct” to suggest that the two trade deals “will likely increase the costs of drugs in Canada and we just don’t know how much”. The post TPP and CETA will likely raise pharmaceutical ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the CCPA’s recent report on the continued shame of child poverty (particularly on reserve) and the Wall government’s lack of any interest in changing the reality that over two-thirds of Saskatchewan children on reserve live in poverty. For further reading…– The CCPA’s previous report from 2013 covering similar issues is here.– The Wall ...

The Canadian Progressive: Study reveals Canada’s shameful Indigenous child poverty rates

Indigenous children in Canada are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than non-Indigenous children, says a study released Tuesday by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The post Study reveals Canada’s shameful Indigenous child poverty rates appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada cannot fulfill Paris Agreement, call to action on climate change while creating more tar sands pipelines

More tar sands pipelines means going in reverse on the climate action Canada needs to fulfill the Paris Agreement and its call to action on climate change. The post Canada cannot fulfill Paris Agreement, call to action on climate change while creating more tar sands pipelines appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO]

A new video from the Council of Canadians seeks to start an enlightened public conversation on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA. The post New Council of Canadians video seeks to spark public debate on CETA [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment

The European Commission’s new investment protection proposals for future trade agreements, which were recently incorporated into the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), won’t prevent dangerous corporate attacks on public health and the environment. The post CETA investment reforms won’t prevent corporate attacks on health and environment appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

PHOTOS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s misleading “debt clock” trailer back when Alberta’s debt wasn’t $10 billion. Now it isn’t $17 billion. Below: CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson, telling Okotoks Online that 44,000 teachers should all be handed a big pay cut (Okotoks Online photo); Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey and tight-fisted Alberta NDP Finance ...

The Canadian Progressive: Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank

The 2016 federal budget delivered on poverty reduction, First Nations funding, but several of the Liberals’ 2015 election promises were not addressed, says the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The post Budget turns left but doesn’t step on the gas: think tank appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2016: Alternative plan proposes lifting 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty, fighting climate change

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Alternative Federal Budget would lift 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty and empower Canada to fight climate change. The post Federal Budget 2016: Alternative plan proposes lifting 1.1 million Canadians out of poverty, fighting climate change appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives just launched a new series of reports seeking to “demystify” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as Canada inches closer to ratifying the controversial trade deal. The post Canadian think-tank wants to demystify the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.