Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week. – Rhys Kesselman challenges the Fraser Institute’s grossly distorted conception of “tax competitiveness”: Even with lower overall tax burdens, many Americans bear much heavier non-tax burdens than their Canadian counterparts. These costs can be so large as to swamp any tax-rate differentials between the countries. Private health insurance in ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Daniel Munro highlights how Uber and other service apps manipulate their workers. And The New York Times’ editorial board warns about the false promises of the gig economy: In reality, there is no utopia at companies like Uber, Lyft, Instacart and Handy, whose workers are often manipulated ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Rutger Bregman writes that the most extreme wealth in our economy is based on rents rather than productivity: In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Paul Wells discusses how the Justin Trudeau Libs have been reduced to bluster and reannouncements as a substitute for their promise of improved equality. And Michael Harris notes that some of the people who were crucial to Trudeau’s election in B.C. are seeing through his dishonesty. – Meanwhile, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Afternoon Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Paul Wells discusses how the Justin Trudeau Libs have been reduced to bluster and reannouncements as a substitute for their promise of improved equality. And Michael Harris notes that some of the people who were crucial to Trudeau’s election in B.C. are seeing through his dishonesty. – Meanwhile, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Martin Kenney comments on Canada’s continuing role in “snow washing” offshore tax evasion. The Conference Board of Canada examines the massive gap between what Canada should receive in public revenues, and what’s actually taken in to keep our society functioning. And Kamal Ahmed highlights how employers are ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on Why Kellie Leitch Should Fire Nick Kouvalis

As you know, I believe that Kellie Leitch's campaign manager Nick Kouvalis has made a big mistake by leading the hapless Leitch down the road to Trumpland.And has let his own passion for Donald Trump cloud his judgement, to the point where he is now even spreading fake news.So I'm glad to see that Michael Harris also ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Alex Hemingway reviews the evidence on two-tiered medicine from around the developed world, and concludes that a constitutional attack on universal health care would only result in our paying more for less. – Marc Lee takes a look at the national climate change framework released last week and ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On The Demonization of Justin Trudeau

The other night Justin Trudeau turned up at an event in Toronto's Distillery District, bearing a bag of gifts to add to a so-called Toy Mountain for poor children.And I was amazed to see how cheerful and relaxed he looked, after the barrage of criticism he has had to endure in the last two weeks.With the Cons ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Thomas Walkom writes that the federal Libs’ idea of “real change” for the economy reflects nothing more than the same old stale neoliberal playbook: At its core, the federal government’s “bold” new plan for economic growth is strikingly familiar. The scheme, worked out by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – Michael Harris argues that it’s long past time for the Trudeau Libs to start living up to their oft-repeated promise of real change – rather than merely slapping a friendlier face on the same old regressive Con policies. – Tom Parkin notes that Canada’s working class has been ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Lana Payne comments on the combination of low wages and nonexistent security attached to jobs for younger workers. And Catherine Baab-Muguira examines the spread of the side hustle economy as a means of bare survival. – Roderick Benns discusses how the isolation of remote communities represents a ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Yvan Guillemette discusses the need for public-sector investment in economic development to make up for the massive amounts of private capital sitting idle. And Daniel Kahnemann challenges the theory that corporate decision-making is either rational or directed toward optimal outcomes: “You look at large organizations that are supposed ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris on the Duffy Verdict and the Harper Nightmare

In one of my last posts I looked at the fallout from the Duffy trial. Celebrated the way the judge's scathing indictment had damaged what was left of Stephen Harper's legacy.Rejoiced at the way it must have left him quivering in his closet.And of course roared with laughter at how Mike Duffy's acquittal turned out to be the ultimate ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Carol Goar writes about the need for Canada’s federal government to rethink how we view taxes. And Simon Wren-Lewis tries to explain the resilience of austerian ideology even as it fails every test in the real world. – Paul Krugman discusses how Donald Trump’s greatest sin in the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Lana Payne highlights how Kevin O’Leary’s obliviousness to inequality makes him a relic. But Linda McQuaig notes that however distant O’Leary may be from the public, he’s not that far removed from all too many Conservatives. – Gerald Caplan points out that even a campaign where the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Evening Links

This and that to end your week. – Serina Sandhu writes that everybody is worse off when inequality is allowed to run rampant. And Danny Dorling highlights the principles we’ll need to follow in order to reverse the trend in that direction: There was a time when hardly anyone was roofless in the UK, when ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the De-Harperization of Canada

He has only been in power for eighty days, but already Justin Trudeau is being caught between the right and the left.Between the Cons who are enraged at the way he is tearing down their beloved Harperland.And progressives like Michael Harris, who want him to de-Harperize Canada faster. Read more »

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris On Rona Ambrose and the Con War On Electoral Reform

As we all know, Rona Ambrose can on occasion, and even without realizing it, be quite funny.Like the time she found herself agreeing with Australia's Stoner Sloth that marijuana makes you stupid.Because she should know eh? About the stupid.And as Michael Harris writes, her war on electoral reform is a real comedy. Read more »

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Andrew Jackson makes the case for a federal budget aimed at boosting investment in Canada’s economy: Public infrastructure investment has a much greater short term impact on growth and jobs per dollar spent than tax cuts since the import content is low and there is no leakage ...

Montreal Simon: Michael Harris: Why Rona Ambrose is Stephen Harper in a Dress

It couldn't have been a more revealing sight. Or a more absurd one. Or one more revolting.Rona Ambrose granting an interview to Ezra Levant's filthy hate mongering site The Rebel.Hammering home her Christmas message to bomb Iraq, bomb Syria, and bomb Justin Trudeau. Not necessarily in that order.While claiming her Cons are a kinder, gentler ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Afternoon Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Kaylie Tiessen offers some important lessons from Ontario’s child poverty strategy – with the most important one being the importance of following through. And Christian Ledwell encourages Prince Edward Island’s MPs to lead a push toward a basic income, while PressProgress calls out the Fraser Institute for trying ...

Montreal Simon: Justin Trudeau and the Humiliation of Postmedia

Ever since Justin Trudeau defeated Stephen Harper, and sent him and his Cons packing, the mood in this country has improved beyond anything I have ever seen, or ever could have imagined.The totalitarian grimness of the Harper years has been replaced with a new mood of hope and optimism. But unfortunately that new and hopeful mood is seen ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Noah Smith weighs in on the effect of cash transfers in improving all aspects of life for people living in poverty. But Angus Deaton recognizes that individual income will only go so far if it isn’t matched by the development of effective government.  – Maude Barlow discusses ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading. – Mariana Mazzucato argues that in deciding how to vote, we need to challenge the Cons’ assumptions as to what the federal government can do to encourage development: Markets are themselves are outcomes of different types of public and private sector investments in new areas. Countries like Italy that ...