The New NAFTA is a missed opportunity for gender equality

The recent renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement presented a unique opportunity to rethink the dominant model for governing international trade and investment. At the outset of the “New NAFTA” talks in August 2017, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the government’s priorities under the umbrella of a…
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Taking Stock of the Government’s Feminist Policy Agenda: Where to next?

PMO photo Last week, the federal government hosted a Roundtable on Women’s Economic Participation in honour of our dear colleague, Kate McInturff. Kate touched many lives with her intelligence, wit and passion for social justice—here in Canada and around the world. She was able to expertly shift from relatable media…
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Ten considerations for the next Alberta budget

On November 16, I participated in a workshop organized by the Alberta Alternative Budget Working Group. Held at the University of Alberta’s main campus, speakers discussed macroeconomic, health care and social policy considerations for the next Alberta budget. Here are 10 things to know: 1) Alberta’s still recovering from a…
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Ontario Economic Update: Financial fearmongering act II

Ontario’s economic update, released today, is Act II of a financial fearmongering stunt. Act I was the line-by-line review that contends public expenditures have grown by an exorbitant 55 per cent over the past 15 years. We analyzed the out-of-context figures and coded language and described it as a frame…
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The house that debt built

In a speech in May, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz told a scary story about household debt. No matter how you measure it—as a share of disposable income (170%, a Canadian record), as a share of Canada’s GDP (100%, one of the highest factors in the world)—things look pretty…
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USMCA: Red tape for public safety regulators

The CCPA continues to carefully read through the nearly 2,000-page?USMCA text. This blog, the third in a series on how the agreement differs from NAFTA, examines the agreement’s chapter on Good Regulatory Practices, a relatively new addition to so-called next generation trade deals.?Stay tuned to this space for continued analysis…
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