These numbers are going to shock you: there is no other time in Canada's post-war economic history in which Canada's economy has performed worse than it did under the Harper government.
Kicking off the election campaign, Harper proclaimed that "this October Canadians will choose security over risk." The question is, of course, what kind of security and risk are we talking about?
Confirmation that federal government finances have fallen back into deficit raises more questions about Harper's image, now more myth than reality, as a sound economic manager.
Government austerity is an oxymoron. The responsibility of governments is to engage with what is happening in the external world and act as initiators of change.
Canada's premiers have elected to push tar sands expansion over emissions reductions, making the quest to escape the status of environmental pariah considerably more difficult.
Disorganization, demobilization, and marginalization are the social impacts of the austerity economic experiment. Eric Pineault examines the reality of austerity budgets.
Canada's current recession would have been avoided had Stephen Harper abandoned austerity in favour of a growth-oriented fiscal expansionary policy. Bottom line: this is a Harper recession.
Those who want to put global trade agreements ahead of made-in-Canada solutions are treating trade as a sacred cow, when really it's just bull.
Progressives gathered for discussions and workshops on everything from Big Oil to austerity to anti-racism and human rights.
The evidence is mounting that Canada's economy may already be in an outright recession. Yet Conservatives return repeatedly to their touchstone: never mind the economy -- we balanced the budget.