Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: report

Alberta's spending reduction plans much smaller than previous governments that wanted to eliminate the deficit, says Fraser Report

Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: reportThe Alberta government’s plan to eliminate the budget deficit by 2022/23 is less aggressive — both by timeline and by the amount of spending reductions — than previous successful deficit-reduction plans by other governments across Canada, says a new report released Thursday by public policy think tank the Fraser Institute.  “The recent Alberta budget represents…

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economy

Let’s hope our government has the vision to ensure we make the most of this golden opportunity

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economyAll the hand-wringing and anger over the way the Rest Of Canada treats Alberta and its oil and gas sector obscures the fact that some very, very interesting things are developing in clean technology. It seems that cynical Canadians both to the east and west of this province are too ready to dismiss claims that…

Business community embraces UCP’s first Alberta budget

Business community embraces UCP’s first Alberta budgetAlberta’s UCP government delivered its first budget on Thursday afternoon, saying the “moderate” 2.8 per cent spending reduction over four years protects front-line services like health and education. The government said the budget will create the right conditions to bring jobs, growth and investment back to Alberta while getting the province’s fiscal house “in order…

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?

'For too long, serious concerns and complaints from industry and from council officials themselves have been ignored. That stops now"

Real Estate Council of Alberta “dysfunction” coming to an end?The Alberta government announced Wednesday The Real Estate Amendment Act 2019 which it says will bring an end to “ongoing dysfunction” with the Real Estate Council of Alberta by reforming governance of Alberta’s real estate regulator. The Ministry said the amendments address serious address serious concerns raised by real estate professionals, buyers, sellers and regulatory…

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?

How well prepared is Alberta for the disruptive change coming to the province’s energy sector?

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?This past week has seen further waves buffeting the oil industry. Millions of people around the world marched on Friday demanding climate action, and British Columbia won a court ruling that temporarily blocks Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps legislation. Against this backdrop, the recent Energy Disruptors conference in Calgary was timely indeed. The event brought about 1,500 energy…

Want better MLAs? Pay them more, not less

We discourage skilled and experienced people from entering elected public life, since seeking office means forgoing significant income and often involves significant sacrifice to their families

Want better MLAs? Pay them more, not lessRecently-announced pay cuts to members of Alberta’s legislature raise the important question of whether our elected representatives get paid too much or even enough. Outside of political considerations, the question of salaries is important because we link attracting talent to pay. With the new cuts, the Alberta premier will make around $167,000, cabinet ministers about…

Don’t sing the blue-ribbon blues about Alberta’s future finances

There are ways to reorganize some of our basic services, and we can rev up a new research-and-development engine of growth

Don’t sing the blue-ribbon blues about Alberta’s future financesDuring an early-morning chat over the fence, Chuck seemed more subdued than usual. “Just read the blue-ribbon panel’s report on Alberta’s finances,” he moaned, referencing the provincial-government-commissioned report led by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, “and it’s bad. We’re in debt up to our necks, the oil business is up the tubes and after…

Alberta Energy Regulator overhaul a dangerous game

Weaken the regulatory framework at your peril. Sloppy regulation begets sloppy industrial operation. And that drives investment away

Grant Sprague and Bev Yee, Alberta deputy ministers of energy and environment respectively, are very capable senior bureaucrats. Here’s hoping they bring to bear all their skills for the review of the Alberta Energy Regulator. They should keep in mind that the review ought not to be the witch hunt the current political framing suggests…

Excessive government spending blamed for Alberta deficit

The Fraser Institute report says Alberta spends more per person than every other large province in Canada

Excessive government spending blamed for Alberta deficitA report released on Friday by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think-tank, says excessive government spending is to blame for Alberta’s deficit. The study said if the Alberta government had held the line on spending over the past four years, it would have balanced the budget in 2018-19 instead of having a $6.7-billion deficit.…
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