Broadbent Institute Economics Blog

Throughout his distinguished career, Ed Broadbent – educator, advocate, and political icon – has strived to create a better and more compassionate Canada. The institute exists to advance this vision. Broadbent understands that too much emphasis on markets can threaten important social programs and produce extreme levels of inequality, which excludes too many Canadians from making meaningful choices and enjoying a life of dignity.

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson is the economy blog's primary writer. He is the Broadbent Institute's Senior Policy Advisor. In September, 2012 he retired from a long career as Chief Economist and Director of Social and Economic Policy with the Canadian Labour Congress.

Awards & Publications

Books: Work and Labour in Canada (2011) Awards: Sefton prize- University of Toronto for lifetime contributions to industrial relations

Latest Articles

Submission to the B.C. Government on Accessibility Legislation

The BC Government announced its commitment to “developing new laws, standards, and policies to better support” disabled people “to live with dignity and to meaningfully participate in their communities.” To help inform this process, the Bro...

The Short-Sighted Vision of Conservative Educational Policy

Public education is the foundation of Canadian society. Over the past two centuries, the institution has developed into rite of passage for children and youth, playing an integral role in their career development and meaningful participation in dem...

Voters look left to solve affordability concerns

There is no doubt that cost of living concerns loomed large during Canada’s federal election. Historically, economic angst has been fertile ground for a standard Conservative pitch to the electorate – one that promises to end government waste a...

The Conservative Platform – Tax Cuts for the Affluent, Austerity for the Many

The Conservative platform put forward by Andrew Scheer delivers tax cuts for the relatively affluent, to be paid for by largely unspecified cuts to spending on social programs and public services. That is a poor deal for ordinary working families w...

The Affordability Crisis and the 2019 Election

In March, the Broadbent Institute commissioned a study from Abacus Data to explore how Canadians feel about present-day affordability concerns. Highlights of its findings paints a bleak picture:   1 in 4 Canadians say that issues such as money,...