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The New Clintonomics

Two weeks ago, two policy think tanks based in the U.S. and the UK — the Center for American Progress, founded by Bill Clinton’s former Chief of Staff John Podesta, and Policy Network, founded by former Labor Cabinet Minister Peter Mandelson and a group of former advisors to the government of Tony Blair — hosted a […]

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Inequality – defining the defining issue of our time

Growing inequality is, according to President Barack Obama, “the defining issue of our time.” In the week following his re-election, the president has vowed not to abandon his resolve to raise taxes on those earning over $250,000. This fascinates me. What is it that has propelled the issue of inequality to these dizzying heights? Which […]

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How to talk about a carbon price – without panicking

Today, Canada 2020 will host a public panel event in Ottawa on carbon pricing. It is called ‘How to sell carbon pricing to Canadians’ and we planned it last fall. As it turns out, our timing could not have been better. In the wake of Alberta Minister McQueen’s statement on a possible 40/40 carbon emissions […]

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Australia’s Asian Century – Canada’s too?

I am British by birth and Canadian by choice. While I have a healthy respect for the Commonwealth, I have never aspired to go beyond my two nationalities – until this week. Now I want to be an Australian. This admiration for Oz is precipitated by a new White Paper presented by the Australian government […]

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