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The Progressive Economics Forum: Stop Trump copy-cats: Listen to workers

I presented at the Standing Committee on International Trade’s incredibly brief review of the implementing legislation for CETA. With me were representatives from the Business Council of Canada, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Canadian Cattleman’s Association. There are only two more meetings scheduled, and there are no IP experts, no pharmaceutical experts, no representatives . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Stop Trump copy-cats: Listen to workers

The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada: World’s Next Superpower? Only If We Stop Relying On Temporary Foreign Workers

It’s only been a couple of weeks since Disney, that most iconic of American companies, moved to displace all its home grown techies with low-cost foreign temporary workers, But the company had to beat a hasty retreat in the face of an outpouring of criticism.

Amid the deluge of commentary this story triggered about where . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Canada: World’s Next Superpower? Only If We Stop Relying On Temporary Foreign Workers

The Progressive Economics Forum: He-cession to She-precarious recovery?

As Armine has pointed out recently, women play a key role in economic recoveries: (She says it so well, I have to quote her directly:)

Every recession is a “he-cession”: men lose more jobs than women in a downturn because the first thing to slow is the production in goods-producing industries that are typically male-dominated . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: He-cession to She-precarious recovery?

The Progressive Economics Forum: IWD 2014: The “girl effect” reduces inequality, but Canada can’t coast on that much longer

Every year when International Women’s Day rolls by, I can’t help but reflect on power, how it’s shared, and how women use the power they have. This year, I am struck by women’s power to reduce inequality, and not just to help ourselves. Women are key to reducing income inequality.

It’s been dubbed the girl . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: IWD 2014: The “girl effect” reduces inequality, but Canada can’t coast on that much longer

The Progressive Economics Forum: Fact-Busting HRSDC’s “Just the Facts” on EI Changes

Attempts by the Harper Government to set the record straight over recent changes to EI simply gloss over many valid concerns that have been expressed by critics. I share a couple of EI Change Fact-Busters in solidarity with upcoming rallys on EI that will be taking place across Canada this weekend.

Minister Finley states: . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Fact-Busting HRSDC’s “Just the Facts” on EI Changes

The Progressive Economics Forum: The Budget, Employment Insurance and the Unemployed

Following are the notes on which I based presentations to the Senate National Finance Committee on June 6 and the House of Commons Finance Committee on May 29. They summarize key CLC concerns with the Budget Implementation Bill.

Lack of Consultation

The significant changes to the Employment Insurance (EI) program proposed in Budget 2012 should . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: The Budget, Employment Insurance and the Unemployed

The Progressive Economics Forum: HRSDC Funded Research Contradicts Key Argument For New EI Policy

According to today’s Globe, the government says that the major target of pending changes to EI is frequent claimants, who are disproportionately to be found in the high unemployment regions.

This focus seems to reflect the common belief that supposedly “overgenerous” EI benefits stop some people from moving from high to low unemployment regions.

Interesting . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: HRSDC Funded Research Contradicts Key Argument For New EI Policy

The Progressive Economics Forum: Who’s a bigger drag on Canada’s future? The old or the young?

This is my latest column for Canadian Business magazine.

Giorgio, a hard-working, smart-as-a-whip University of Toronto student, asked me a great question after a recent guest lecture: What if the biggest challenge facing Canadian businesses and governments in the coming years isn’t an aging society but the economic and fiscal drag of hundreds of . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Who’s a bigger drag on Canada’s future? The old or the young?

The Progressive Economics Forum: Severance Pay and Public Servants

I am an economist, not a lawyer or expert on the collective agreements in the federal public service, but I can still detect a hatchet job.

The CBC have given a lot of play to a Greg Weston story that allegedly generous severance payments to public servants amounting to as much as $2 Billion will . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Severance Pay and Public Servants

The Progressive Economics Forum: Severance Pay and Public Servants

I am an economist, not a lawyer or expert on the collective agreements in the federal public service, but I can still detect a hatchet job.

The CBC have given a lot of play to a Greg Weston story that allegedly generous”severance payments to public servants amounting to as much as $2 Billion will be . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Severance Pay and Public Servants