The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the CPP debate

This fall, Canada’s Parliament will debate a proposal to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP).  And over at the Behind the Numbers web site, I’m co-author of a blog post titled “Ten things to know about the CPP debate.” The blog post’s other co-authors are Allan Moscovitch and Richard Lochead. Points raised in the blog ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Small Business Taxes, Big Loopholes

by: Kaylie Tiessen & David Macdonald Small business taxes made the news last week when, during a CBC interview, federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau suggested many business owners are using the small business tax rate as a de facto in-country tax shelter. Responding to the interview, Conservative leader Stephen Harper accused Trudeau of taking aim ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – 24 Hours offers a debate as to whether or not we should pursue a basic income – though it’s striking that the “con” case is based almost entirely on a message that a secure income for everybody can’t be achieved, rather than any argument that it shouldn’t. – ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Joe Cressy argues that we need to take strong progressive positions to highlight the kinds of public investment which need to be made, rather than buying into right-wing spin about slashing taxes and eliminating public institutions: Public investment is about social justice, taking care of people and making ...

Political Eh-conomy: The mouse in the room: Small business fetish and the minimum wage debate

The scrappy mom-and-pop shop may be a nice image, but how well does it reflect the reality of employment? Small business may be neither as ubiquitous nor economically heroic as many people think. If this is the case, then perhaps the needs of small business should not figure as prominently in some economic policy debates. ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 Roundup

With a couple of weeks’ worth of developments to address, I’ll take a slightly higher-level look at the Saskatchewan NDP leadership race than I normally do. (And for those worried about missing out, note that we should have an opportunity to revisit new issues in detail as the debate schedule gets underway this weekend.) Most ...

Accidental Deliberations: Leadership 2013 Roundup

Yesterday saw two significant new developments in Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership race, as the two candidates outside the Legislature took the initiative to earn coverage as the fall legislative session opened. – Let’s start with Ryan Meili’s economic plan, which featured a few important concrete policies (such as a minimum wage set at 120% of the ...

Accidental Deliberations: Loopholes and leverage

I’ve previously wondered whether we’d see many substantial policy differences between Saskatchewan’s NDP leadership candidates. But Erin Weir hasn’t taken long to challenge what’s often seen as party orthodoxy: NDP leadership candidate Erin Weir is proposing to focus Saskatchewan’s Small Business Deduction on genuinely small businesses with taxable profits of up to $100,000. This policy ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Small Businesses NOT Big Net Job Creators

Small business – or at least the CFIB – consistently claim to be the big job creators in the economy. This has never been borne out by the available data on net job growth by firm size. And Statscan has now added to our knowledge by releasing a new paper and new CANSIM data today. ...