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Global Progress: Making Progressive Politics Work

“Making Progressive Politics Work: A Handbook of Ideas” is a collection of essays from the organizations and thinkers that are a part of Global Progress, an international exchange of ideas that will fuel the creation and implementation of progressive policies around the world. The handbook, organized and published by the U.K.-based Policy Network. Divided into two sections – Future Wealth Creation, and Jobs, Wages and Skills of the Future – the publication is required reading for Canadian progressives.

Archives: Philipe Couillard on our health system

In 2011, Canada 2020 asked Dr. Philippe Couillard to provide some historical context on Canada’s “broken” health care system. Then, Dr. Couillard was out of politics, working as an adviser at the SECOR Group. Today, he is the newly elected Premier of Quebec, having just won an impressive majority mandate for the Quebec Liberal Party. His essay, Lessons from 2004, Perspectives for 2014, offers a glimpse into the new Premier’s policy thinking, not just on the issue of health, but on his overall approach to making choices in government.

Speech: Brian Mulroney on “The Next Big Thing” for Canada

On April 8th, 2014, Canada 2020 invited the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, Canada’s 18th Prime Minister, to answer the question: “What is the next big thing for Canada?” His speech focused on the importance of natural resource development, and stressed the importance of bold leadership that places national interest ahead of electoral success – something Mr. Mulroney knows quite a bit about. Click here to read his address, as well as stream video of the speech.

Analysis: Who is Matteo Renzi?

At just 39 years of age, Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest-ever prime minister in late February. The dramatic events that led to this meteoric rise are nothing new for Renzi. Over the course of his relatively short political career, the former lawyer and regional counselor earned the nickname “il Rottomatore”—meaning “the bulldozer” or “the demolition man”—thanks to his reputation for taking on the establishment and pushing through political reforms.

Research: How Canadians (vs. Americans) feel about climate change

Researchers from Canada and the United States have partnered with Canada 2020 to publish their key findings from the Canada-US Comparative Climate Survey, conducted in the fall of 2013. This report delves deeper into the data, analyzing key trends and preferences across a variety of indicators including region, partisan divide, and others. For interactive maps and other data, visit www.canada2020.ca/climatepoll

Research: Are we ready for universal childcare in Canada?

Is Canada ready for a universal childcare system? If so, what does ‘universal’ look like? Canada’s current childcare system is a fragmented and patchwork landscape that has been recognized internationally as a serious human development concern. Set against the backdrop of increased media and policy attention to social mobility, Canada 2020′s Analytical Commentary No. 6 focuses on the relationship between income inequality, equality of opportunity and universal childcare.

Featured Links

  • Martin Wolf on Thomas Piketty: Capital in the 21st Century

    Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Editor of the Financial Times, reviews Thomas Piketty’s ground-breaking new book Capital in the 21st Century. Read it here.

  • States of transition: IPPR on youth unemployment in U.S. and Europe

    The Institute for Public Policy Research has released a new report examining the transition from education to full-time employment in the U.S. and several European countries. Read it here.

  • McKenna: Ottawa takes another stab at solving the innovation conundrum

    The Globe & Mail’s Barrie McKenna details new efforts by the federal government to jumpstart Canada’s innovation agenda. Read about it here.

  • The truth about Afghanistan

    Despite the Canadian military’s claim of success, the mission failed to extinguish Afghanistan’s insurgency or stabilize the country. Read Roland Paris’ take in IPPR here.

  • Graves & Lang: growth, but the right kind of growth?

    Frank Graves and Eugene Lang take a closer look at StatCan’s data and sees signs of trouble for Canada’s middle class. Read their take here.

  • How to be a true progressive

    Insights into inequality in America: to be a true progressive, Barack Obama should borrow ideas from the Republicans. Read here.

  • “The rungs of the ladder are moving farther apart”

    New research on social mobility in the U.S. suggests equality of opportunity is increasingly scarce. Watch the PBS interview with Dr. Raj Chetty here.

  • Jeff Simpson: A long line of procurement failures

    The Globe & Mail’s Jeff Simpson details Canada’s recent history of procurement failures: read it here.

  • Productivity crisis haunts global economy

    Productivity growth on a steady decline according to the Conference Board. Read analysis in the Financial Times here.

  • A path forward on responsible resource development

    An impressive slate of Canadian energy, environment and aboriginal experts met 5 times last year to discuss energy development in Canada. Read the summary of their conversations.

  • The politics of global inequality

    Wherein the focus on inequality goes global – and why that matters in the long-run. Andrew Norton’s thoughts here.

  • A surprisingly rational conservative vision for the role of government

    Even some U.S. conservatives are beginning to think rationally about the role of government. Can Canadian progressives say the same? From National Affairs.

  • Canada’s top risk for 2014? Losing its voice in Washington

    Ian Bremmer and Robert Johnston of the Eurasia Group say Canada’s biggest risk for 2014 is diminished influence in Washington. Read here.

  • Stiglitz: In No One We Trust

    Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, shares his thoughts on on inequality here.

  • Why Nations Fail: Friedman on Daron Acemoglu’s book

    Read Thomas Friedman’s take on Daron Acemoglu’s new book, Why Nations Fail in the New York Times.

  • Are we handling the ship building project right?

    New research from the University of British Columbia suggests the federal government has “lost control” of the $105-billion ship building contract. Read about it here.

  • John Podesta to the White House

    Podesta, founder of The Center for American Progress  and former Canada 2020 speaker, will now advise President Barack Obama as he closes out the remainder of his second term. Read the details here.

  • Diana Carney: the next agriculture innovation

    Diana Carney writes about the innovation challenges facing global agriculture. Read her commentary on the CIC’s website here.

  • Shell to Ottawa: Release a carbon policy

    Shell’s top Canadian Executive, and former Canada 2020 speaker, has called on Ottawa to release a coherent carbon policy. Shawn McCarthy from the Globe has the details.

  • Inequality moves to “front of the line” in US politics

    FT takes a look at the growing prominence of the inequality debate in America politics – echoes of which are being felt in Canadian federal byelections this month. Read it here (login required).

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