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Welcome to TLDR—“too long; didn’t read”—where we provide accessible content that complements our more formal research publications. TLDR provides a digital space for shorter pieces that help readers better understand the policy issues we work on. If you enjoy them, we hope you’ll share them.

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February 22, 2017

Health care is about sharing risk. Federalism in Canada should be too.

Universal health care in Canada is strongly attached to Canadian values such as equity, fairness and solidarity. More
February 14, 2017

Technology is disrupting the energy sector. What does this mean for consumers and what should be done about it?

Technology is disrupting many economic sectors, from transportation to media – and the energy sector is not immune. More
January 25, 2017

Are you being served? Why government service standards matter

Governments are facing a crisis of public confidence across the western world. It’s a crisis that played an important role in political upheavals over the last year. More
January 17, 2017

The curious case of Boaty McBoatface: Why trust between publics and governments needs to flow both ways

The surprise election of Donald Trump as US President has left journalists scrambling for an explanation. More
December 20, 2016

When it comes to health care, the federal and provincial governments are arguing over growth rates. Here’s why that’s the wrong conversation.

Canada’s federal and provincial governments failed to reach a long-term agreement on health care funding in Ottawa yesterday. Time will tell whether this failure represents an impasse, or just one of many rounds of negotiation to arrive at a mutually agreeable settlement. More
December 19, 2016

Evidence-based New Year’s Policy Resolutions for Canada in 2017

As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can take pride in how far we’ve come as a country. We’ve connected a vast, sprawling and culturally diverse territory into a strong, inclusive and vibrant country and one of the world’s most prosperous and multicultural nations. More
December 5, 2016

The federal government is retreating from health care. Here’s why that’s a terrible idea.

Provincial and Territorial Premiers have called on the Prime Minister for a meeting dedicated to the issue of health care funding. The call comes against the backdrop of federal plans to decrease the growth rate of federal health transfers to the provinces. Without federal action, the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) funding escalator will fall to the 3 per cent floor currently set out in federal legislation starting next year. More