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Born in Victoria B.C. in 1944, Duncan now lives in Vancouver. Following graduation from the University of Alberta he joined the Department of Finance (Ottawa) in 1966 and was financial advisor to the Canadian Delegation at the United Nations General Assembly in 1967. After working at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), he went on to complete a doctorate from the University of Paris I (Paris-Sorbonne) in 1976. Duncan is an adjunct professor of political science at Simon Fraser University, a director of the Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy at Concordia University in Montreal, and a research fellow of the Centre for Global Political Economy at SFU. He was a member of the political science department at the University of Ottawa from 1975 until 2004.He is the author, co-author, editor or coeditor of 11 books including Ethics and Economics (with Gregory Baum), The Other Macdonald Report (with Daniel Drache), The Free Trade Papers, The Free Trade Deal, Canada Under Free Trade (with Mel Watkins) and Constitutional Politics (with Miriam Smith).
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Cash for access to Justin Trudeau and Liberal cabinet ministers

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Looking for a job? The Liberal Party of Canada is hiring. You could be "co-ordinator riding fundraising support and victory fund" or "funding co-ordinator Laurier Club events."

The Laurier Club was set up in 1986. John Turner was Liberal leader. The party had been in power from 1963 until 1984. In that election the Mulroney Conservatives had reduced them to 43 seats.

Finding a way back to power included bringing together business and community leaders with senior MPs, providing lapel pins, and giving members access to "an established network of Laurier Club contacts," as the donation form puts it.

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To trump Trump, the Democrats need a new game plan

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Donald Trump represents such a threat to what reasonable people hold dear, it's hard not to get unhinged just thinking about his presidency. For a start, his election sets back world efforts to address climate change for four years minimum.

Women who fought for reproductive rights fear his power to nominate anti-choice Supreme Court justices. The LGBTQ community feel the beginnings of renewed persecution. Undocumented workers and their families now live in terror of discovery and deportation.

Seldom if ever has an American presidential candidate been as ill prepared for office or carried on in such a personally offensive manner as Donald Trump. Calling him out for his xenophobia, sexism, bigotry and Mussolini potential is not good enough, however.

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Trudeau Liberals offer Shangri-La to private finance

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Most Canadians have never heard of Larry Fink. An American, he is the biggest money manager in the world. His firm, BlackRock, has over $4 trillion it directs on behalf of clients.

Fink is famous in the financial world. For one thing, he was a key figure in the development of mortgage-backed securities, sometimes called CDOs or collateralized debt obligations.

These were the instruments that in 2007 all of a sudden no one wanted to buy, so no one could sell. Portfolios full of worthless CDOs led to a break down in the world financial system, creating the crash of 2007-08, which was followed by the great recession.

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Did Hillary Clinton even have a chance?

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Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 U.S. presidential election to upstart candidate Donald Trump. The outcome is a major disappointment to the many people around the world looking forward to celebrating a woman elected U.S. president.

Her narrow defeat came as a shock to Wall St., major backers of the Democratic candidate. Stock markets tumbled as the Trump march to victory became apparent Tuesday night, winning North Carolina, Florida, and coming close in Virginia.

Trump won a race he was supposed to lose in the U.S. rust belt. The Democratic states of Wisconsin and Michigan gave him narrow victories; and like every other Republican president, he carried Ohio.

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Trudeau, Obama and neighbourly love

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Hannah Arendt wrote her doctoral dissertation on Saint Augustine and Love. She was taken by his concept of neighbourly love, a third category next to love as desire, and love of God.

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U.K. referendum: The first liar never stood a chance

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The result of the June 23 U.K. referendum on EU membership has shattered the illusions of both "remain" and "leave" voters.

The vote was supposed to set aside differences over Europe. Instead it has increased national divisions within the U.K., weakened the currency, stampeded stock markets, driven the prime minister from office, and endangered the tenure of the Labour party leader.

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U.K. voters face a choice between Brexit and the European dream

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On May 9, 1950, Foreign Minister Robert Schuman made a radical proposal to the French cabinet, which adopted it after heated debate. Simultaneously, the proposal was communicated to West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer who welcomed it enthusiastically the same day. The U.K. Labour government would reject it.

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A messy Parliament session, while big decisions await Trudeau government

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The Liberal government prepares for the summer parliamentary break in two weeks time with widespread support for its leader Justin Trudeau. Public opinion polls record high public approval for the Liberals, who hold on to new support captured since the 2015 election.

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Democratic reform Justin? Democracy, anyone?

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By confessing his government was starting to look like its predecessor, Justin Trudeau did a clever step down from his party position on democratic reform.

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Pro-austerity organization finds austerity increases inequality

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In the June issue of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) publication Finance and Development, Jonathan D. Ostry, Deputy Head of the IMF Research Department, and two co-authors examine two main tenets of the neoliberal doctrine, and find them wanting.

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