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  • A critical look at BC’s new tax breaks and subsidies for LNG May 7, 2019
    The BC government has offered much more to the LNG industry than the previous government. Read the report by senior economist Marc Lee.  
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    The 2019 living wage for Metro Vancouver is $19.50/hour. This is the amount needed for a family of four with each of two parents working full-time at this hourly rate to pay for necessities, support the healthy development of their children, escape severe financial stress and participate in the social, civic and cultural lives of […]
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  • CCPA welcomes Randy Robinson as new Ontario Director March 27, 2019
    The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Robinson as the new Director of our Ontario Office.  Randy’s areas of expertise include public sector finance, the gendered rise of precarious work, neoliberalism, and labour rights. He has extensive experience in communications and research, and has been engaged in Ontario’s […]
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  • 2019 Federal Budget Analysis February 27, 2019
    Watch this space for response and analysis of the federal budget from CCPA staff and our Alternative Federal Budget partners. More information will be added as it is available. Commentary and Analysis  Aim high, spend low: Federal budget 2019 by David MacDonald (CCPA) Budget 2019 fiddles while climate crisis looms by Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood (CCPA) Budget hints at priorities for upcoming […]
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The Rise of the Global Elite

“The already wealthy have emerged from the global recession in an even wealthier position. What does the rise of global elites mean to power and influence at home and abroad?”

That’s the blurb from TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, the latest Canadian news show to tackle the issue that explains so much of what is going on: rising inequality. This “debate” advanced the discussion, making the links between the economics and the politics of the growing concentration of incomes, wealth and power.

The CCPA has been at the forefront of bringing attention to the problems triggered by growing inequality. Our concerns were echoed and expanded by experts from Columbia University, the Rotman School, and the Atlantic Magazine.

There was no disagreement on the worrying significance of these trends, even though two of the panelists represent the business press and a business school, and a third has made the history of privilege the focus of his study.

Here’s the link to a lively and fascinating 36 minute discussion on The Rise of the Global Elite.

The panel included Chrystia Freeland, editor at Reuters and author of the superb article in the January 2011 edition of Atlantic Monthly “The Rise of The New Global Elite”; Shamus Khan, professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University; Partha Mohanram, professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto; and yours truly, author of “The Rise of the Richest 1% in Canada”.

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