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Eliminating poverty with a universal basic income: the devil is in the details

Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
The stronger the earnings incentive in the form of a lower tax back rate on other income, the less adequate the benefit can be. The more adequate the benefit, the higher the tax back rate must be.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Drawing on youthful audacity and precocious political skills, Riel by his mid-20s, had achieved the remarkable feat of bringing the Red River settlements of the Hudson’s Bay Company into Confederation as a province.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Of all the original Fathers of Confederation, Charles Tupper of Nova Scotia was its most tenacious champion in one of its most inhospitable environments.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Samuel Leonard Tilley, a Saint John druggist and leader of the New Brunswick Liberal Party, became the unlikely saviour of Confederation in 1866.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
The British Columbia and Quebec governments are currently threatening to use provincial regulatory powers to prevent the construction of inter-provincial energy pipelines across their borders to the East and West coasts. This resistance to national infrastructure projects and reluctance to promote the free flow of goods and services between the provinces and territories would have shocked and disappointed the Fathers of Confederation, particularly the minister of finance for the then Province of Canada, Alexander Tilloch Galt of Sherbrooke.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
While George Brown’s personal life worked out as happily as he could have wished, the Canadian federalism he parented took a turn neither he, John A. Macdonald or George-Étienne Cartier had anticipated. As in the domestic sphere, even successful political marriages have unexpected surprises.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Too often we have warred against each other on the basis of race and religion. Too often we have attempted to impose cultural uniformity on indigenous Canadians.
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Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Get informed, get engaged, and make your community a better place for neighbours in need.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
It is important to avoid structuring income-support programs in such a way that they provide a disincentive to taking low-paying jobs.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
In short, whereas in the 1990s governments of all political stripes had cut important benefits to the poor and the bottom half of the income distribution, after 2000 they substantially increased them. Moreover, they delivered a larger share of those benefits in the form of income-tested refundable tax credits.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Between 1990 and 2000, market and disposable income inequality rose significantly, poverty rates rose or remained stable for persons under age 65, the real incomes of the poorest 10 per cent fell, and the only large gains in real incomes were experienced by the richest 10 per cent of households.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Although U.K. voters voted to leave the EU on June 23 by the narrow margin of 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent that result is not legally binding. To implement that decision the British government must invoke Article 50 of the 2009 EU Lisbon Treaty.
Opinion|By Michael Hatfield
Donald Trump is not a fascist. But he clearly espouses and believes in the kind of 'nationalist' thinking Orwell warned against over 70 years ago: a 'power hunger, tempered by self-deception.'

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