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Opinion: Un geste significatif

En annonçant hier un plan de lutte sérieux contre les changements climatiques, le président américain Obama a posé l’un des gestes les plus significatifs de sa présidence. L’objectif annoncé par l’Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) de réduire de 30% d’ici 2030 les émissions de carbone par rapport à celles de 2005 représente le plus grand effort jamais entrepris par le gouvernement américain de s’attaquer aux changements climatiques. Si le plan est mis en oeuvre, cela impliquera une réduction de 500 millions de tonnes métriques de carbone annuellement.

Opinion: Why the US and Europe must stand together

President Obama’s trip to Europe is an opportunity to build on the vision he outlined in his West Point speech last week, and to set out a plan to renew the transatlantic relationship. This backbone of an alliance of liberal democracies across the globe, and the foundation of the post-war order, faces fresh challenges today. Over the past few years, though, this alliance has suffered from neglect which is troubling, as the inexorable triumph of liberal democracy is not inevitable – it requires constant work and vigilance.

Opinion: Excellence and Equity in Skills and Higher Education in Canada

Canada has been a strong performer in post-secondary education and skills development for many years. On key measures we are at or near the top of international rankings and highly skilled Canadians contribute to economic prosperity, social innovation, and political and community well-being. But there are signs that Canada’s performance may be deteriorating and, despite a commitment to equality, opportunities and achievement in skills and higher education have been poorly distributed across regions and groups.

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.

Featured Links

  • The economy is “in a coma” – and tax cuts won’t help: Clark and Devries

    Scott Clark and Peter Devries say the economy needs a jump start – and the solution is not more tax cuts. Read it in iPolitics here.

  • David Miliband on the Iraq war’s legacy

    David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee, looks back at the Iraq War and how it contributed to the current crisis. Read it in the Guardian here.

  • Hilary Clinton: North America can lead on clean energy

    ​”Of course we’re going to continue using fossil fuels, but I think we should set the global example for transitioning in some more orderly way away from fossil fuels,’ says Clinton at an Edmonton luncheon speech. Read about it here.
  • IMF Chief on “inclusive capitalism”

    Read Christina Lagarde’s address to the Conference on Inclusive Capitalism, entitled “Economic Inclusion and Financial Integrity.” Click here.

  • Mark Carney warns of growing income inequality

    Former Governor of the Bank of Canada, and current Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney warns of growing income inequality. Link here (subscription required).

  • Does Canada need to change its tax system to allow all (not just smaller) firms to grow?

    Does Canada need to change its tax system to allow all (not just smaller) firms to grow? Read the new Deloitte Canada report.

  • Canada has the top 3 resilient cities in the world: Fast Company

    Canada has the top 3 resilient cities in the world according to Fast Company. Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary are some of the most prepared cities that are adaptive to climate change in the world. See the full list here.

  • How Obama Shocked Harper as Keystone’s Frustrator-in-Chief

    Bloomberg News has an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the recent (un)development in the Keystone XL saga. Read it here.

  • 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.

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