Broadbent Institute

“For too long we have ignored the appalling poverty in the midst of affluence.
This is a national horror.
This is a national shame.
It’s is a horror and a shame that we should put an end to.”

Ed Broadbent


Throughout his distinguished career, Ed Broadbent – educator, advocate, and political icon – has strived to create a better and more compassionate Canada. The Institute exists to advance this vision.

Of course we want a society where freedom is cherished and a competitive market economy prevails. But we also believe in the importance of equality. We understand that too much emphasis on markets can threaten important social programs and produce extreme levels of inequality, which excludes too many Canadians from making meaningful choices and enjoying a life of dignity.

The vision of Canada I propose is richer, more compelling, and achievable. We know things can be better. As a social democrat, I see government pensions, universal health care, trade union rights, and comprehensive unemployment insurance as proof that economic resources can be collectively harnessed and allocated to create greater equality and hence enhance individual freedom and choice. And all of this can only flourish within the context of ecological sustainability.

Our hopes are not unrealistic. We are pragmatists as much as dreamers. And our fight must continue.

I firmly believe that a majority of Canadians favour progressive policies – and they are looking for new tools to build the Canada we want. The need for a resource like this institute has never been more urgent.

There’s a lot of work to be done. I invite you to join us.



“Welcome to the progress gala” November, 2013

“Progress Gala 2014” November, 2014

“Election 2015: Impact” November, 2015

“Ron Paul’s big ideas for Canadians” March, 2013

“Julia Gillard talks to Equal Voice’s Raylene Lang-Dion about women in politics” March, 2014

“Training session: “What is organizing?” January, 2014

“Ed Broadbent introduces you to the Broadbent Institute” March, 2012

“Ed Broadbent talks to Rick Smith about the Progress Summit” March, 2014

« Les grandes idées de Ron Paul pour les Candiens » 2014 mars

« Ed Broadbent vous fait faire le tour de l’Institut Broadbent » 2012 mars

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In support of our mission to champion progressive change, the Broadbent Institute publishes original research and promotes new ideas, policies, and tools.

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The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization championing progressive change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

The institute hosts several fundraising, education and training events throughout the year all across Canada. The institute curates a variety of keynote speakers for a feature engagement on the issues they know best. Some of these public figures include, former secretary of state to Bill Clinton, Robert Reich. Former Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard, Obama Campaign organizer and strategist, Jeremy Bird and former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political contributor, Van Jones.

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Board of Directors portraits
2014 Progress Gala
2014 Progress Summit
2013 Progress Gala
“Stand up for Progress” tour – Oshawa