What’s Alberta’s beef with Earls?

If Alberta's industries can't learn to embrace change in consumer demands, they will fail and no one will mourn their passing

What’s Alberta’s beef with Earls?What is it about Albertans? The business community asserts a near religious devotion to free enterprise and the market but, surprisingly, often displays complete contempt for changing market sentiments. It seems Albertans only love the market when it agrees with them. Much of Alberta’s oil and gas industry, for example, refuses to admit that the public’s…

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in Alberta

Diversity in schooling choice made Alberta a world leader in education, but that could all be coming to an end

This is no time to turn the clock back for education in AlbertaIt’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating the dismantling of its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadians. The resurgent spouting of old school dogma about the infallibility…

My Mini Cooper gave its life to spare me

Routine check stop blocking two lanes of traffic led to a hit and run and the end of the line for my Mini Cooper

My Mini Cooper gave its life to spare meRiding on a dinnertime sailing of the BC Ferries’ Queen of Surrey is inevitably relaxing after a long drive down the Sunshine Coast. You can have a salmon burger and gaze out at the moving vistas of Keats, Gambier, Anvil, Boyer and Bowen Islands passing in the twilight. The net effect as night falls is…

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spend

Any conceivable tax increase is revenue recycling if the money is used to fund anything the government deems an “investment” in Albertans

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spendBy Ben Eisen and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Last autumn, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley claimed that her government’s proposed carbon tax plan would be revenue neutral. This claim was widely discredited by economists who noted that the term “revenue neutral” means that every dollar collected by a new tax must be returned to the…

Conservation giant Jim Boulding’s legacy remains vibrant

Along with Vancouver Island legends like elder George Clutesi and author Roderick Haig-Brown, Jim Boulding influenced a generation

Conservation giant Jim Boulding’s legacy remains vibrantYou could tell it was him by the big Stetson hat and the corn-cob pipe, often seen bobbing up and down in the Roosevelt elk meadows paralleling the road to Gold River on Vancouver Island. They were the perfect animal for Jim Boulding to steward – big, like him, top of the food chain, vulnerable…

Newfoundland & Labrador takes wrong approach for its fiscal troubles

Budget avoids taking the necessary action to reduce and reform spending, relying on increasing taxes instead

Newfoundland & Labrador takes wrong approach for its fiscal troublesBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Newfoundland & Labrador Finance Minister Cathy Bennett did not mince words in her recent budget speech, noting the province has dug itself into a deep hole after many years of rapid spending growth. In speaking of the record of previous governments, Bennett said: “Quite frankly, they…

Notley government doubles down on spending, refuses to change course

Ignores root cause of Alberta’s deteriorating fiscal position – runaway spending

Notley government doubles down on spending, refuses to change courseBy Ben Eisen Charles Lammam and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute “We are in a different situation than we were six months ago,” said Finance Minister Joe Ceci after unveiling Alberta’s 2016 budget. He’s right. Alberta’s fiscal outlook has worsened dramatically since the government’s October 2015 budget. The province now faces larger and sustained budget…

Atlantic Canada hurt by Liberal reversal of their own EI policies

By making benefits too easy to access, a cycle of unemployment is created that discourages the pursuit of education

Atlantic Canada hurt by Liberal reversal of their own EI policiesAtlantic Canada’s struggling economy has been dealt another blow by the federal government's decision to make employment insurance (EI) easier to access. Unemployed workers in provinces hit hardest by the energy sector downturn have received the most attention in the EI reforms. Few will argue with extending regular benefits by five weeks to out-of-work recipients…

Energy conservation programs in Ontario waste of time, money

Ontario taxpayers and ratepayers left paying even higher bills because of Ontario’s conservation programs

Energy conservation programs in Ontario waste of time, moneyOntario consumers have poured billions into conservation programs that promise to increase the efficient use of electricity and save consumers money. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) spent nearly $400 million on conservation programs in 2013 alone. And one Ontario government agency – the Independent Electricity System Operator – plans to spend an additional $3.1 billion…

Notley budget ignores lessons from Alberta’s history

Don’t be reluctant to look to a Progressive Conservative government for an example of successful fiscal policy

Notley budget ignores lessons from Alberta’s historyBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Alberta’s 2016 budget confirmed provincial public finances are in bad shape. This year, the government expects to run an operating deficit of $10.4 billion (representing 3.3 per cent of provincial GDP). Alberta will also become a debtor province this year (its debts will exceed its financial…