Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.

- T.C. Norris points out that one of the most important developing themes in economic research is the recognition that reductions in employment insurance benefits only force job-seekers into damaging situations rather than creating economic benefits. But as we all know, mere facts won't stop the Cons from turning Canada into a case in point.

- Peter Julian suggests that the NDP's "polluter pay" theme is both right in substance and appealing to the Canadian public. And Forum's latest poll surely fits that thesis - though its numbers on inequality are even more important than its party findings:
The Forum Poll for the National Post also suggests a wide majority of Canadians – more than three-quarters – think Canada suffers from an income gap, where the rich are getting too rich and the poor are getting too poor.
Regionally, Albertans were the least likely to worry about an income gap (63% did), compared with 89% in Atlantic Canada, 80% in British Columbia, 78% in Ontario, 77% in the Prairies and 76% in Quebec.
- Sixth Estate ties the Cons' federal funding for frozen pizza in with the lobbying of a longtime party crony.

- And finally, Keith Gerein reports on the predictable results of the Saskatchewan Party's determination that it doesn't want a film industry around - as Alberta is set to recruit the creative talent that's been exiled from Saskatchewan.

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