Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wage

Too much at stake for Alberta workers to enter the “uncharted waters” of a $15 minimum wage without assessing the potential dangers

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wageBy Steve Lafleur and Hugh McIntyre The Fraser Institute In a recent interview, Premier Rachel Notley seemed to hint that the Government of Alberta could slow its plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 if the economy remains weak. The premier’s comments came one day after it was reported that an internal government briefing…

Federal tax hike another blow to Alberta economy

Alberta’s top rate climbs from 39 per cent to 48 per cent because of recent provincial/federal increases

Federal tax hike another blow to Alberta economyBy Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute In last week’s federal Throne Speech, the Liberal government restated its intention to create a new, higher top federal personal income tax rate. This tax hike will hinder Canada’s economic performance, but it is of particular concern in Alberta. The Liberals’ planned new top marginal tax…

Raising taxes not a guarantee of higher revenues

Governments often fail to account for the behavioural effects spurred by its personal income tax rate hikes

Raising taxes not a guarantee of higher revenuesBy Steve Lafleur and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute The Alberta government recently abandoned the province’s single 10 per cent tax rate on personal income in favour of a five-bracket system with a top rate of 15 per cent – a move that will reduce Alberta’s competitiveness and cause undue harm on an already struggling…

Don’t blame oil prices for Alberta deficit

Alberta’s fiscal woes are the result of uncontrolled spending over the past decade

Don’t blame oil prices for Alberta deficitBy Steve Lafleur and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Alberta’s budget, to be unveiled on Oct. 27, will contain the province’s seventh deficit in the last eight years, most recently projected at $5.9 billion. A popular narrative blames declining oil prices for the government’s deteriorating financial situation. However, as a recent Fraser Institute study found,…
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