Alberta needs a change of government

The problem isn’t Alison Redford. It’s the party she leads

Alberta needs a change of governmentCALGARY, AB, Mar 19, 2014/ Troy Media/ - There is much talk these days of the Premier Alison Redford’s unpopularity, especially within her own party, of which many members seem distinctly disenchanted with her. If a poll released March 17 is even close to accurate, many voters are turned off too. There is good reason…

High-flying Alberta premier gets wings clipped

The walls on Canada's longest and most successful political machine may finally be crumbling

High-flying Alberta premier gets wings clippedCALGARY, AB, Mar 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ - It has all the makings of a Shakespearean tragedy -- or a sad soap opera. An unpopular and increasingly isolated leader faces palace revolt from hostile courtesans and shadowy enemies lurking within the palace walls. That sums the continuing melodrama of Alberta Premier Alison Redford's penchant for…

Alberta’s budget represents a failure to learn from the past

The picture is far less rosy than the finance minister claims

Alberta’s budget represents a failure to learn from the pastVANCOUVER, BC, Mar 12, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If you listen to Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner, the province's public finances are under control. The government's budget imposes no new taxes, spending growth has been moderated, and Alberta is running an operational budget surplus after successive years of budgetary deficits. But there is reason to…

Alberta Human Rights Commission needs to be abolished

AHRC inhabits a world of pseudo-jurisprudence and systematic mendacity

Alberta Human Rights Commission needs to be abolishedCALGARY, AB, Mar 8, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Two weeks ago the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) filed an appeal in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench. The respondents were Ladislav Mihaly and the Alberta Human Rights Commission (AHRC). This case provides additional evidence why the AHRC needs to be abolished.…

Alberta again kicking its unfunded pension liabilities down the road

Government acting in its own short-term electoral interest rather than in the long-term interest of the public

Alberta again kicking its unfunded pension liabilities down the roadCALGARY, AB, Mar 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - One theory about politics is that because politicians must get votes to stay in power – that’s their “currency” – they are unlikely to act against their own self-interest. So politicians cater to the specific voters who put them in power in the first place. Last year,…

Wild horse cull gives Alberta a black eye

It’s time to act quickly before Hollywood celebrities arrive

Wild horse cull gives Alberta a black eyeCALGARY, AB, Mar 2, 2014/ Troy Media/ - If you want the public to get excited about anything to do with animal welfare, just mention something bad about horses. That’s what happened when the Alberta government announced it was is going to allow 200 feral horses to be culled in the Sundre area. There are…

Redford government’s re-styled communications strategy may not be in public interest

Blurs the line between the interests of government and those directly affected by policy changes

Redford government’s re-styled communications strategy may not be in public interestEDMONTON, AB, Jan 12, 2014/ Troy Media/ - One of the innovations of the Alison Redford government communication strategy has been the support or approval it lines up – in the form of government press releases – from impacted interest groups as it announces any shifts in policy. Why are these changes to communications strategy…

Time to build an Alberta-wide rapid transit system

The Edmonton‑Calgary corridor is feasible even if only 1% of drivers switched to rail

Time to build an Alberta-wide rapid transit systemEDMONTON, AB, Jan 11, 2014/ Troy Media/ - ART: Alberta Rapid Transit. Mass transit in the big cities, with rail and express buses. Quick intercity links built around high-speed rail, spreading across the province. All of it blended and coordinated for seamless connections. The idea has limped along ever since Edmonton opened its first Light…

The big pay advantage in big government

The big pay advantage in big governmentJanuary 29, 2013 CALGARY, AB, Jan. 29, 2013/ Troy Media/ - When Alberta Premier Alison Redford took to the television screen the other night, she paid much attention to the revenue side of the government's books. On Alberta's massive budget deficit, the premier blamed the below-world price that Alberta-based companies receive for oil. Nothing was…