Broadbent Institute

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Broadbent Institute
Broadbent Institute logo.png
Formation 2011
Type Public policy think tank
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Ed Broadbent
Executive Director
Rick Smith

Broadbent Institute is a Canadian progressive and social democratic think tank.[1][2] It was founded by Ed Broadbent[3] the former leader of the federal New Democratic Party (NDP) from 1975 to 1989.[4] The mission of the Broadbent Institute is to "Support, develop, and promote social democratic principles for the 21st century", "Propose new solutions for a more equal society", and "Equip a new generation of progressive campaigners & thinkers with the tools they need to build a social democratic society through training and education".[5]

The founding executive director of the Institute was Kathleen Monk. Rick Smith became executive director in January, 2013.[6]

Current directors include Ed Broadbent, Dawn Black and Patti Bacchus.

Press Progress, an online news and analysis website, is a project of the Broadbent Institute which seeks to provide an online Progressive Political news source.


  1. ^ Taber, Jane (August 15, 2011). "NDP hopes Broadbent think-tank will help bolster its gains". Ottawa Notebook. The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  2. ^ "A new Canadian survey on the rich/poor gap and taxes should spark debate". Toronto Star. Star Media Group. April 10, 2012. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bryden, Joan (June 18, 2011). "Layton kicks off NDP convention saying the party is set to form next government". 680News. Toronto: Rogers Communications. The Canadian Press. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Stevenson, Garth. "John Edward Broadbent". The Canadian Encyclopedia. The Historica-Dominion Institute. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "About". Broadbent Institute. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Broadbent Institute (November 13, 2012). Broadbent Institute Grows Team with New Executive Director Rick Smith. Retrieved on: 2013-03-29.

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