Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right

Here we are, stuck in the middle without a perfect solution to Alberta's voting dilemma

Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right“It’s the economy, stupid,” Bill Clinton declared in his successful bid for the U.S. presidency in 1992. Today, in Alberta, worried citizens feel the same zeitgeist that Clinton captured so concisely for Americans 27 years ago. Now, citizens of this province must choose their medicine carefully, looking for authentic remedies amidst all the snake oil…

Next Alberta government urged to remove barriers to business

Both the Edmonton and Calgary Chambers urge all parties to spell out how they will establish trust with the business community

Next Alberta government urged to remove barriers to businessCalgary and Edmonton Chambers are asking that Alberta’s next government remove barriers to drive business growth and act immediately to reduce business costs and regulatory burdens that are limiting economic growth and community prosperity. In a joint news release on Thursday, just days after an election was called for April 16 in the province, the…

It’s time for a complete tax overhaul in Canada

Kim Moody of Moodys Gartner Tax Law says we've lost our competitive advantage and desperately need to restore it

It’s time for a complete tax overhaul in CanadaKim Moody is director of Canadian tax advisory at Moodys Gartner Tax Law LLP. What are the most concerning issues facing business when it comes to federal taxation and policies? Moody: I think the most concerning issues facing – both federal and provincial – are: high personal tax rates. Both the federal and provincial governments…

Imperial slams Alberta government intervention in oil industry

Slows development of its Aspen oil sands project

Imperial slams Alberta government intervention in oil industryCalgary-based energy giant Imperial announced Friday it has slowed the pace of development of its Aspen in situ oil sands project given market uncertainty stemming from Alberta government intervention and other industry competitiveness challenges. “This was a difficult choice in light of our final investment decision on Aspen announced last November,” said Rich Kruger, chairman,…

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneurs

Tax retooling, red tape elimination, WCB refund, labour law changes, minimum wage freeze among the proposals

CFIB calls for Alberta policies to support entrepreneursThe Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released its Small Business Platform for the next Alberta government as a provincial election looms this spring. The organization is calling on all political parties to commit to implementing better policies to support entrepreneurs. “Too many entrepreneurs in Alberta are struggling to survive in a very difficult economy.…

Alberta no longer respects its taxpayers

Two decades of aggressive tax increases and wrongheaded system reforms have left the province's finances in a shambles

Alberta no longer respects its taxpayersRespect for taxpayers in Alberta has been eroding for more than 20 years. Albertans don’t just see it on their tax bills – they can hear it when politicians talk. The budget speeches delivered annually by finance ministers provide some of the best evidence that politicians have steadily drifted from respecting taxpayers in the mid-1990s…

Alberta carbon tax could send industry, jobs to competing jurisdictions

Alberta carbon tax could send industry, jobs to competing jurisdictionsA new report released Wednesday by the Fraser Institute says Alberta’s carbon tax is unlikely to meaningfully reduce global carbon emissions but could send industry and jobs to competing jurisdictions. “Even if you agree that pricing carbon is the most effective way to reduce emissions, Alberta’s carbon tax is flawed and will likely fail to…

Alberta investing $100 million to attract AI high-tech companies

Program intended to create more than 140 new companies, give Albertans new skills

Alberta investing $100 million to attract AI high-tech companiesThe Alberta government says it is investing $100 million to attract more artificial intelligence-based high-tech companies to invest in the province. “Innovation is a critical tool for competitiveness in nearly every sector of the economy, including energy. By investing in technology and the talent that powers it, we are ensuring Alberta continues to be a…

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutions

Spending continues to rise but Albertans have diminished access to care and face above-average wait times

Alberta should look abroad, and next door, for health care solutionsBy Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens The Fraser Institute Albertans, like all Canadians, spend comparatively high amounts on health care but only receive modest performance from the system compared to other universal care countries. Thankfully, there’s much the province can (and should) do to improve its health-care system. According to the Canadian Institute for Health…

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leaders

Jason Kenney and Doug Ford don't have great approval ratings. But voters seem to favour their parties in Alberta and Ontario

Why some of us prefer Conservative parties over their leadersAn intriguing phenomenon is beginning to occur in our nation’s politics. Some Canadians seemed to be pleased with the policies of Conservative parties and are willing to vote for them – in spite of some apprehension toward certain party leaders. Here are two recent examples. A Mainstreet Research poll released on Jan. 22 revealed that…