Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with reality

Alberta municipal gov’t labour costs out of touch with realityStruggling families and businesses can’t afford to pay big property tax bills to fund bloated municipal governments. Alberta municipalities need to reduce that burden by addressing the cost elephant in the room: labour. For many Albertans working outside of government, the last five years have been nothing short of a nightmare full of job losses,…

The big question about Alberta referendums is why?

The big question about Alberta referendums is why?Referendums have been the source of high anxiety and popular uprisings in recent years. Whether they’re a truly democratic way to make vital decisions that best serve the public interest is a matter of great debate. However, there really should be no debate – nine times out of 10, they’re a bad idea. Alberta Premier…

Corporate welfare no way to help the economy

Corporate welfare no way to help the economyBusinesses need help, but it’s important to provide the right help the right way. Premier Jason Kenney’s economic strategy has so far revolved around three core principles: lowering taxes, cutting red tape and pushing back against Ottawa. Kenney should double down on these principles to help Alberta recover and stay away from corporate welfare. “The…

Alberta should seek more autonomy in health care 

Welfare reform in the 1990s provides a starting point for reforming health care today

Alberta should seek more autonomy in health care By Jake Fuss and Bacchus Barua The Fraser Institute On Wednesday, Alberta’s Fair Deal Panel issued its report detailing 25 policy recommendations to expand the province’s influence within the Canadian federation and enhance provincial autonomy. However, one crucial policy option was not discussed at length – the potential shift of health-care decision-making powers to the…

Albertans still waiting for recall, referendum rules

Kenney should fulfil his campaign promise, committing to a culture change and reaffirming the role of citizens as boss

Albertans still waiting for recall, referendum rulesMore than a year into the United Conservative Party’s mandate, Albertans are still waiting for two key accountability reforms: recall and referendum rules. If government belongs to the people, then the people should be able to vote to recall misbehaving politicians between elections and initiate referendums to introduce or repeal legislation. Premier Jason Kenney can…

Alberta’s vaping bill fails to protect children, youth

The industry will now be popping champagne: no Alberta nicotine cap, no flavour ban

Alberta’s vaping bill fails to protect children, youthThe government of Alberta finally proposed legislation regulating vaping last week. But its Bill 19 is quite simply a cop-out. In the name of protecting children and youth, the bill mainly protects industry, and not children and youth. Alberta is the last Canadian province to regulate vaping and now makes minimal proposals: restricting advertising and…

UCP shouldn’t take handouts from struggling taxpayers

Federal wage subsidy should go to struggling Albertans, not to a political party with plenty of money in the bank

UCP shouldn’t take handouts from struggling taxpayersThe United Conservative Party said it would stick up for taxpayers, but now the UCP is exploiting the federal wage subsidy and taking money meant for struggling Albertans. The federal government’s Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy provides employers affected by COVID-19 with a 75 per cent wage subsidy. The intent of the program wasn’t to force Canadians to subsidize…

Alberta spending restraint must start with MLAs

Unfortunately, the UCP’s rhetoric has been on-point but its bite hasn’t matched its bark

Alberta spending restraint must start with MLAsAlberta Premier Jason Kenney will need to make tough decisions to keep the government’s leaking fiscal ship afloat. But before Kenney can sell necessary spending cuts, he will need to show the public that his United Conservative Party politicians and staff have done all they can to trim their own expenses. So far, the UCP…

Struggling Albertans can’t afford a sales tax

It’s telling that the people pushing for a PST never talk about looking Albertans in the eye and asking for permission

Struggling Albertans can’t afford a sales taxEvery single time Alberta faces a financial challenge, some academics recommend the same pseudo-solution: a provincial sales tax. They seem blissfully unaware that governments are struggling because Albertans are struggling and a PST will make hard times even harder. Here’s proof of that disconnect: these academics always demand a provincial sales tax (PST) but never…

Alberta’s politicians need to help shoulder the burden

It’s time for politicians to show solidarity with Albertans and make the tough, but right, decision to reduce their own pay

Alberta’s politicians need to help shoulder the burdenThere’s no doubt elected officials are working hard to manage the COVID-19 crisis, but with many businesses closing their doors and families worrying about their next grocery bill, politicians need to show solidarity with the people they represent and reduce their own pay. Between the coronavirus health pandemic, the global economic shutdown and the collapsing…
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