Dr Lindsay 'Doyenne’ Tedds 🇨🇦🇬🇧🇮🇪 Profile picture
Feminist. Gender, Policy, Taxes, Life, inequity & their intersection. Views=own. TBI survivor. Tweet/like/mute/block as I like. Difficult/Immodest/Condescending
14 Oct
Want better dialogue? Listen to experts. Mel's tweet was not misleading. What is more, it was absolutely bang on to use your quote in terms of summarizing this government's approach of neglecting women and economy.
For example, after a report that terribly analyzed the labour force data related to women and the economy that came out in August 2020, this government said "see, no harm done" while my own coauthored work said "no the parents are not alright" papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
When the Alberta government announced what we've dubbed as the #brocovery plan, I came out with my own coauthored work that demonstrated the problem with doubling down on an infrastructure-led recovery papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf…
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14 Oct
But the first part of the sentence, "a lot of women took time off during COVID", actually matters a lot in terms of the ongoing message this government sends about the stress women are under because schools and ECE were not prioritized by this government, ever.
Women didn't take 'time off'. Women were forced out of paid work and into unpaid work because this Alberta government took their freedom of choice away from them.
And here is the thing, @doug_schweitzer blocked Mel for her tweet. Her tweet was not rude, it was not threatening, it was not....anything remotely close to what we've received from TheMatts for challenging this government and its narrative.
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12 Oct
ON is not at all unique in the space of having pre-primary programs (JK and SK). One province that also has that model AND which has signed an agreement with Ottawa is NS. There seem to be a few conservative governments who seem to think parents won't notice delay tactics
Another jurisdiction that has pre-primary programs (JK and SK) AND has signed an agreement with Ottawa is the NWT.
Another jurisdiction that has pre-primary programs (JK and SK) AND has signed an agreement with Ottawa is the Quebec.
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15 Sep
I am seeing that some people are confused about how to compare the CPC proposal for a refundable tax credit for child care vs the LPC/NDP proposal.I'll run through this using a fictional new family. /🧵 #Elxn44
I also start by assuming that if elected, any of these parties will actually finally fulfill their childcare commitment. We have a reason not to trust any of them on this file, but let's assume they are serious this time.
Let's also assume that in the case of the LPC/NDP, that all jurisdictions sign onto a bilateral agreement with the non-negotiable conditions of an average 50% fee reduction by December 2022 and an average of $10/day.
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15 Sep
I've noticed that in this election the policies specifically directed to people with disabilities have not been well discussed. Let's look at the platforms and see what is there along with what we can deduce from their costing. /1 #exln44
Let's start with the NDP xfer.ndp.ca/2021/Commitmen…

On page 28, the NDP commits, in the section of a livable income, to "lifting every...person living with a disability out of poverty...." Now they don't define poverty, I don't know if they will use the MBM or the LIM (I doubt the LICO) and if it will vary by jurisdiction./3
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15 Sep
Several months ago I sat down with @BestEvidencePod to talk about the BC BI report. There are BI advocates that go out of their way to only read the headline and not the 540 pages. Robbie though comes to this with knowledge of the details. Pod comes with a transcript /1
Since engaging in this work I’ve been slowly revealing details about me and my life that actually mean I come to the table with lived experience, albeit with more experience than I’ve revealed thus far. This is why I am a big advocate for intersectionality in policy discourse
I also care a lot about policy stability and many of our big, can’t touch programs, arose out of radical incrementalism. I also understand systems better than most and know what changes we need to make first before something is truly possible
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15 Sep
Thanks to @ArmineYalnizyan for her 🔥🔥🔥🔥.we need to make sure we understand everything here and the key aspect is there are long waitlists at licensed childcare providers because that is what most parents want.
Like many parents, I’ve cobbled together various types of ECE and child care, not by choice but because of Necessity. And it is harder to cobble it together when you do not live in a city with any family members
What is neglected in this conversation is that no province p, even Alberta, provides any subsidies that parents can access to unlicensed care. When public funds are used, damn straight we demand quality and transparency
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14 Sep
Tuning in because when one election ends, another ramps up
The first question is of course on property taxation. Calgary's property tax system is and has long been broken.
Will attracting businesses back to Calgary to fill our downtown core fix the property tax system as Grace Yan says? Nope, nope, nope.
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14 Sep
Today is a National Day of Action for Child Care. We need to invest public funds to build a robust, accessible, affordable, high=quality Early Childhood Education and child care system. /1 #elexn44
In this election there are some talking about out of control inflation yet somehow many of those talking about inflation and affordability never mention child care. Here is the CPI series for all items and child care (18-10-0005-01). /2
Notice how starting in 2007 the index for child care services separates from the trend for all items, growing faster. Investment in a rich ECE system in Canada is long overdue and is essential infrastructure in our modern economy /3
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8 Sep
Sigh. Green Party platform commits to its usual Guaranteed Livable income though fascinating to document how they revise their strategy to getting it down each time. 1. No implementation details
2. Thinks it can replace all the programs that have been designed and implemented to fill gaps. We did a very comprehensive analysis of programs. There is no such thing as one size fits all.
Also the UBI pilots they cite....ARE NOT BASIC INCOME PILOTS.
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8 Sep
All ready for my keynote tomorrow at the 2021 CCPAC-CCOLA Conference. Topic: Theme in Public Finance in a Post Covid (?) World.

Note the question mark /1
I'll be talking about: 1. Important indicators related to current and future public finance and no, not inflation, but rather long-term joblessness as has been discussed by @tammyschirle, long COVID, and provincial fiscal sustainability /2
2. What the public finance philosophy should be moving forward. Here we need to rethink the role of government following a health, economic, and fiscal crisis. And no, austerity does not lead us down the right path.
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7 Sep
Breaking: People who don't understand the definition of taxable income should probably not post tweets demonstrating that lack of tax knowledge.
This can only be related to the Liberal proposal of an Alternative Minimum Tax for high earners. The AMT does not change the definition of total income for tax purposes, it simply looks to either apply a tax rate to line 15000, 23600, or 26000 depending on your situation.
Seriously, in order to discuss and debate tax policy, we need to have a basic understanding of taxes and tax administration. A good place to start is understanding the T 1form canada.ca/content/dam/cr…
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2 Sep
New out this morning, a piece by @GillianPetit, myself, and @tammyschirle that examines the @CPC_HQ proposed childcare refundable tax credit #cdnpoli #Elxn44 /🧵

The proposal is to replace the existing federal Childcare Expense Deduction (CCED) with a refundable tax credit. @CPC_HQ will also cancel all the existing signed childcare agreements that expand childcare supply and limit child care fees. In this paper, we examine this approach.
First, what is the CCED? It is a tax deduction that reduces taxable income. The CCED must be claimed by the lower-income earner if a couple and childcare expenses claimed for the CCED cannot exceed 2/3 of that persons income.
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1 Sep
I've opened up the large font format to the Liberal platform. I had complained that the CPC PDF was not at all accessible. The NDP PDF one sized fits all. Love the large font option. Let us dig in! liberal.ca/wp-content/upl… #cdnpoli
We are seeing that we will need to have proof of vaccination to engage in many activities, not just here in Canada but around the world. We will need official vaccination proof. Liberals commit $ for the provinces. I would like to see a commitment to a national standard.
We start this platform with a big nod to health care which I have to wonder if that was the lesson they took away from the Nova Scotia election, where the PCs won on the basis of the plan to invest heavily in health care.
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