How to manage conflicts over land use in Alberta

We must first sort through the various types of land ownership before arriving at possible strategies

How to manage conflicts over land use in AlbertaDownload this column on land use Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, CALGARY OUT CALGARY, Alta. Nov 13, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In the late 19th century, William Pearce, an Alberta-based federal civil servant, became increasingly concerned about the tendency to promote southern Alberta and Saskatchewan as suitable for farming. Pearce was a longtime surveyor for the dominion…

The folly of protectionism

Free trade creates many more jobs than it ever kills

The folly of protectionismDownload this column on protectionism for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY, AB Jun 30, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Years ago when I lived in Victoria, British Columbia and manned a small office, a salesman wandered in and tried to sell me his particular photocopier. He noted my current machine…

Alberta’s decline an opportunity for other Western provinces

The new NDP government lays the groundwork for a more prosperous BC and Saskatchewan

Alberta’s decline an opportunity for other Western provincesDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB Jun 22, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In its recent Speech from the Throne, the new Alberta government reiterated its plans to make life more expensive in Alberta. Over time, the NDP government will a) raise business income…

Higher wages do not materialize by government fiat

Want higher wages Ontario? Attract private sector investment

Higher wages do not materialize by government fiatDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE CALGARY, AB Jun 17, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Whenever some group claims that wages can be artificially boosted via government intervention, as one Ontario lobby group recently did, ask them this question: Can boats on a dry California lake float higher without mountain snow-packs first melting…

Alberta’s young adults the envy of much of Canada – for now

But that could change if the NDP government follows through on ideas such as to raise the minimum wage by 50%

Alberta’s young adults the envy of much of Canada – for nowDownload this column for your publication or website. FREE CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB, Jun 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ - When any new government takes power, temptations abound to do something different merely to distinguish itself from the regime it replaced. That’s understandable political behaviour but overhaul too much on policy and you court disaster –…

Ontario government needs to end its spending bender

Ontario continues to fail to grasp the magnitude of its fiscal challenges

Ontario government needs to end its spending benderDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY, AB, Jun 3, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Ontario government has never made a secret of its desire to have the federal government help fund the province’s budget. It even helped fund a Toronto-based think-tank which regularly publishes reports that call on the federal government to…

Rent control would be a disaster for investors

Rent control has been a disaster wherever it’s been tried, but that’s never stopped politicians from suggesting it

Rent control would be a disaster for investorsDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB Jun 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Rent control has been a disaster wherever it’s been tried. But this never stops politicians from suggesting it. Last November, the leader of the then-fourth place party in the Alberta legislature, now newly minted Premier Rachel Notley …

Facts the new Alberta government needs to know to write its first budget

Unless, of course, its guiding principle is simply to tax and spend with abandon

Facts the new Alberta government needs to know to write its first budgetDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB, May 27, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The NDP government in Alberta has delayed introducing its first budget until the fall, which should give its new MLAs plenty of time to think about how they’ll collect and spend Albertans’ money. But to properly manage…

The provinces are lousy at controlling spending

The provinces have been demonstrably poor at controlling spending within justifiable parameters

The provinces are lousy at controlling spendingDownload this column for your publication or website CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB, May 19, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Provincial cries for more federal money are as old as Confederation, and rarely have any substance to them. After all, it’s easier to demand that Ottawa ante up federal cash – to cry about some mythical “fiscal…

Alberta prosperity didn’t happen by accident

Some economic facts of life the NDP government needs to keep in mind if it wants Alberta to continue to prosper

Alberta prosperity didn’t happen by accidentDownload Alberta prosperity didn’t happen by accident for your publication or website CALGARY OUT CALGARY, AB, May 13, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In a famous explanation of why voters choose the governments they do, a 1990s-era adviser to Bill Clinton remarked, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s not wholly accurate; voters toss parties out (and vote…
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