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Quebec’s Quiet Revolution came at a heavy cost

In the immediate postwar period, Quebec enjoyed substantial advantages. It exploited them to meet short-term objectives as laid out by Fortin. The consequence was the dilapidation of human, social, cultural and economic capital...
by Gary Caldwell


The audacity of nope: Populism makes democracy less democratic, not more

B.C. has a unique Recall and Initiative Act, as well as hosted the Citizens’ Assembly; it thus offers the rest of the country the worst and the best faces of political reform [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Reg Whitaker



CIDA, governance and Muhammad Yunus

Since late 2010, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has waged a campaign of character assassination against Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by John Richards


Quebec’s Quiet Revolution, 50 years later

For many decades Quebec was unable to narrow the 20 per cent its 20 percent standard of living gap with Ontario. But now the goals of the Quiet Revolution have been largely achieved. [From Inroads 29, 2011]
by Pierre Fortin


ignatieff and layton

The great recession (of the left)

Right-wing parties, especially in their contemporary populist guise, have framed a simple, perhaps simplistic, narrative that seems to work better than the confused and often contradictory stories on the left. [From Inroads 29,...
by Reg Whitaker


After the election: What have we wrought?

Layton opposed this “Green Shift” and the pioneering British Columbia carbon tax introduced that year. Every European government has endorsed consumption taxation based on the principle of taxing “value added”. [From I...
by Bob Chodos



Quebec: Equitable yes, sustainable no

Pierre Fortin has set out his view that Quebec is doing well economically in the article Quebec is fairer. François Vaillancourt 
and Mathieu Laberge challenge this view. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Francois Vaillancourt


The hubris of the public intellectual

Economists have not had a good war. In the battle over how to understand and respond to the recent financial crisis and recession, few have emerged covered in glory and medals. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Finn Poschmann



Seeking the truth about Quebec’s economy

An introduction by John Richards on varying perpectives on Quebec's economy. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by John Richards


The inequality surge

By 2000, the relationship was such that the highest-paid women were married to the highest-paid men, and the lowest-paid women to the lowest-paid men. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by John Myles



Quebec is fairer

Among regions of Canada, Quebec is a leader in the fight against poverty and inequality. In this article, Pierre Fortin, elaborates on this fact and suggest a few explanations. [From Inroads 26, 2010]
by Pierre Fortin


Mixed signals

André Juneau writes about Turkey, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Union [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by André Juneau



Continuing the debate on Quebec’s economy

An introduction by John Richards of continuing the debate on Quebec’s economy [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by John Richards


A Canadian problem, not a Quebec one

A response to François Vaillancourt and Mathieu Laberge by Pierre Fortin on Quebec's Economy [From Inroads 27, 2010]
by Pierre Fortin



Sweden’s election affirmed the 
country’s basic values and achievements

The outcome of Sweden's September election is the latest development in an inevitable process: Sweden is edging closer to the pattern of its Nordic and northern European neighbours. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Henry Milner

Paper Mill

Lament for a notion: A response to Kevin Little

Red Tories deny the reality of modern Canada. Our successful governments have followed a more neoconservative (BC, Alberta) or social democratic (Saskatchewan, Manitoba) path. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Dominic Cardy



Quebec’s $7-a-day universal childcare: A few doubts

Quebec has high debt and high taxes. Perhaps Quebec should instead scale back the subsidy and consider options such as childcare targeted to Aboriginal communities and age-four kindergarten. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by John Richards


Are Quebec’s $7-a-day public daycare centres in danger?

The Liberal government has strongly encouraged the development of for-profit daycare centres. Financing per child has increased almost twice as fast as in public daycare. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Luc Allaire