Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophrenia

The Trudeau and Notley governments appear intent on repeating B.C.'s mistakes from the 1990s and Ontario's today

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophreniaIn international rankings of economic freedom, Canada has soared past the United States, so it should be no surprise that among sub-national jurisdictions in North America (which encompasses 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states) three Canadian provinces – Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan – ranked at the top using 2013 data,…

Investor confidence waning in Alberta

Alberta has fallen from the 16th most attractive jurisdiction in the world in 2014 to 38th of 126 jurisdictions in 2015

Investor confidence waning in AlbertaBy Kenneth P. Green and Taylor Jackson The Fraser Institute For the past decade, investment in Alberta’s vast oil and gas resources has allowed the province to become Canada’s economic leader. Even when compared to other energy producing provinces and American states, Alberta was a top performer on economic indicators such as real GDP growth…

Carbon tax major blow to Alberta’s investment climate

A carbon tax latest nail in the coffin for the Alberta Advantage

Carbon tax major blow to Alberta’s investment climateBy Ben Eisen and Charles Lammam The Fraser Institute Recent policy changes have buried the Alberta Advantage. The latest nail in the coffin comes from the provincial government’s new climate change strategy. For many years, Alberta's strong investment climate helped set the foundation for robust economic performance. A competitive, well-designed tax regime anchored an assortment…

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 provincesIn 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 tax by 20 per cent (to 12 per cent from 10 per cent), b) hike the minimum wage by almost 50 per cent (to…

Albertans only receiving pennies per barrel for their oil

Oil industry doesn’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to a royalty review

Albertans only receiving pennies per barrel for their oilIs an Alberta royalty review really that outrageous? Some of the commentary on the newly-elected NDP government is cautiously optimistic about Rachel Notley’s relationship with the oil industry. However, many pundits have warned that undertaking a review of royalties in the present economic climate would be a major error. No doubt the industry would prefer…

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tide

A win for the persuasive power of quality leadership over cynical political manipulation

Rachel Notley’s leadership turned the orange tideOK, everybody, sit down and take a few deep breaths. You’re going to be all right. The sun will rise tomorrow. If you haven’t already lost your job in the oil price crash, you’re not going to lose it now. Your taxes won’t go up tomorrow. No energy companies have imminent plans to move out…
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