Alberta finance minister fear-mongers after credit rating downgrade

Rather than raise the spectre of massive disruptions to public services, Ceci should look to Saskatchewan for an example of productive spending discipline

By Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Standard & Poor’s recently announced it was once again downgrading Alberta’s credit rating – this time, by two notches, from AA to A+. No surprise, given that ratings agencies warned this could happen after the latest provincial budget was unveiled in March. And yet, rather than addressing the long-term…

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverse

Increasing provincial sales tax - including on children's clothes - will hurt lower-income households more than higher-income ones

Saskatchewan’s budget is Robin Hood in reverseIn its recent budget, the Saskatchewan government had some difficult choices to make. It could have asked the rich to pay a little more. Instead, it told the poor to pay a lot more. Although this budget may help reduce the provincial deficit, it will be bad for the impoverished and for the long-term health of the…

Brad Wall: The second coming of Stephen Harper

Why the Conservatives, and the conservative movement in Canada, would benefit if the Saskatchewan premier moved into federal politics

Brad Wall: The second coming of Stephen HarperTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Conservative Party members will choose a new federal leader on May 27, 2017. There are candidates with decent credentials, several lightweights and a few divisive figures. Alas, the one individual the Tories truly need to take back the reins of government isn’t running: Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. He’s…

Brad Wall should not ignore the call of duty

There is an extremely high probability that if Wall entered the Conservative leadership race, he would win

Brad Wall should not ignore the call of dutyCALGARY, Alta. Dec. 12, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s time for Brad Wall to take French lessons. Saskatchewan’s still-popular premier may wish to keep the job he has, but the conservative movement in Canada desperately needs him to apply for another one – leader of the federal Conservatives. Without Wall at the helm of the…

New times, new problems for opposition parties

In a climate where people want change, being in opposition is not easy

New times, new problems for opposition partiesDownload this column on opposition parties Terms and Conditions of use RED DEER OUT RED DEER, Alta. Nov. 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ — It's not easy being in opposition these days. Especially in Alberta and Ottawa, where radical change has elected governments with markedly different ideas about how to do business. Voters have rejected the old way of doing…

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generations

When the government can find new money for asphalt and bricks but not young people it’s time for a change

Saskatchewan budget doesn’t work for all generationsBuild roads and protect medical care for grandma. But don’t build child care for her kids and grandchildren. These are the kind of trade-offs that the Saskatchewan government made (again!) in its 2015-16 budget. Coming into this fiscal year, the Saskatchewan government already contributed to a combination of federal, provincial and municipal spending that totals…