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“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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Globe & Mail’s Barrie McKenna details new efforts by the federal government to jumpstart Canada’s innovation agenda. Read about it here.
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.
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.
Insights into inequality in America: to be a true progressive, Barack Obama should borrow ideas from the Republicans. Read here.
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.
The Globe & Mail’s Jeff Simpson details Canada’s recent history of procurement failures: read it here.
Productivity growth on a steady decline according to the Conference Board. Read analysis in the Financial Times here.
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.
Wherein the focus on inequality goes global – and why that matters in the long-run. Andrew Norton’s thoughts here.
Even some U.S. conservatives are beginning to think rationally about the role of government. Can Canadian progressives say the same? From National Affairs.
Ian Bremmer and Robert Johnston of the Eurasia Group say Canada’s biggest risk for 2014 is diminished influence in Washington. Read here.
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics at Columbia University, shares his thoughts on on inequality here.
Read Thomas Friedman’s take on Daron Acemoglu’s new book, Why Nations Fail in the New York Times.
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.
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 writes about the innovation challenges facing global agriculture. Read her commentary on the CIC’s website here.
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.
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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