Alberta’s carbon tax a $10 billion green grab

Alberta's new climate plan is a $6 billion tax grab that will be used to fund a giant green energy spending spree over five years

Alberta’s carbon tax a $10 billion green grabIf anyone thought that Alberta’s climate action plan was actually about protecting the climate, Bill 20, recently introduced by Alberta’s environment minister, should lay that idea to rest. As the Globe and Mail reported, the budget tabled by the Alberta government in April forecast revenues from the carbon levy of $9.8 billion over five years.…

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spend

Any conceivable tax increase is revenue recycling if the money is used to fund anything the government deems an “investment” in Albertans

Alberta budget confirms ‘revenue recycling’ code for tax and spendBy Ben Eisen and Kenneth P. Green The Fraser Institute Last autumn, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley claimed that her government’s proposed carbon tax plan would be revenue neutral. This claim was widely discredited by economists who noted that the term “revenue neutral” means that every dollar collected by a new tax must be returned to the…

Notley government doubles down on spending, refuses to change course

Ignores root cause of Alberta’s deteriorating fiscal position – runaway spending

Notley government doubles down on spending, refuses to change courseBy Ben Eisen Charles Lammam and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute “We are in a different situation than we were six months ago,” said Finance Minister Joe Ceci after unveiling Alberta’s 2016 budget. He’s right. Alberta’s fiscal outlook has worsened dramatically since the government’s October 2015 budget. The province now faces larger and sustained budget…

Notley budget ignores lessons from Alberta’s history

Don’t be reluctant to look to a Progressive Conservative government for an example of successful fiscal policy

Notley budget ignores lessons from Alberta’s historyBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Alberta’s 2016 budget confirmed provincial public finances are in bad shape. This year, the government expects to run an operating deficit of $10.4 billion (representing 3.3 per cent of provincial GDP). Alberta will also become a debtor province this year (its debts will exceed its financial…

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatter

The LEAP Manifesto is a paean to an imaginary world that is, in a counterintuitive way, dismally pessimistic

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatterCanada's political pundits are slavering with glee. They're all agog at the opportunity to dive into the perceived spaces between the N, the D and the P – and do what pundits do: speculate, postulate and from time to time, prevaricate. The current object of their affections is the NDP's support of the LEAP Manifesto…

Notley mirrors Wynne’s failed economic strategy

Ontario, unfortunately, provides a good example of how not to respond to an economic downturn leading to a large deficit

Notley mirrors Wynne’s failed economic strategyBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute In her recent “kitchen table address” about the state of Alberta’s finances, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley confirmed her government will once again increase spending in 2016/17, despite the province’s deep deficit. It appears the plan is to try to reduce the deficit over time by slowing…

To limit its debt, Alberta must restrain its spending

The spending choices it makes will have a substantial effect on how much debt is passed along to future Albertans

To limit its debt, Alberta must restrain its spendingBy Steve Lafleur Ben Eisen and Milagros Palacios The Fraser Institute This year, Alberta’s government will return to a net financial debt position for the first time since 1999/2000. It remains an open question, however, exactly how much debt Alberta will accumulate. Public attention has focused on the possibility that lower-than-expected government revenues may lead…

The Notley government’s moment of truth

Rather than playing it safe, bold economic initiatives are needed to save Alberta and its government

The Notley government’s moment of truthThe gods of fortune have not been kind to Alberta’s new NDP government. Bold steps are needed before it’s too late. The provincial economy is sinking deeper into recession, the budget is drowning in red ink and the oil industry – far from leading an innovative revival – is laying off staff and stalking government…

Energy layoffs a vast waste of human potential

Canada's best and brightest energy industry personnel are at loose ends

Energy layoffs a vast waste of human potentialAlberta Premier Rachel Notley, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their respective caucuses should know something about Canada's newest energy company. It has some of the most talented management and staff in Canada's upstream petroleum sector. Its men and women have experience touching virtually every molecule in every formation in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. They've put…

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalist

The Notley government overstepped the boundary of a free and democratic society by attempting to ban Rebel website

Government has no right to decide who is, or isn’t, a journalistWho decides whether a journalist is a journalist? This unenviable Pandora’s box opened its gloomy lid during the recent brouhaha between Ezra Levant’s The Rebel news website and the Alberta NDP government. Getting it shut is going to be a very difficult task. As some Canadians know, two individuals associated with The Rebel were isolated…