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On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

On the Job

By focusing on the impact of unions in the areas of wages, worker safety, and income inequality, this report documents the contributions of the labour movement to ensuring the well-being of all Albertans.

Less Exclusion, More Engagement:

Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

Less Exclusion, More Engagement

A survey-based study looking at who doesn't vote in Alberta elections and why.

The Way Forward:

Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

The Way Forward

With the 2014 Alberta Budget the Alberta government missed an opportunity to address a significant roadblock to improved health, happiness, prosperity, and overall well-being for the province by failing to address the province's growing income inequality.

Latest Research

May 21, 2014

On the Job:

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

April 23, 2014

Less Exclusion, More Engagement:

Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

March 07, 2014

The Way Forward:

Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

Parkland in the Media

June 28, 2014 | Lethbridge Heral

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics

by Trevor Harrison
The Harper government’s recently proposed prostitution law has been widely condemned as unworkable, unconstitutional and hazardous to those working in the sex trade; that it is, in short, bad policy. To criticize the Harper government on policy grounds, however, is to miss the point that it is not actually interested in sound, rational policy. Its sole interest is staying in power. read more »

June 16, 2014 | Edmonton Journal

Tax advantage — but for whom?

by Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Shannon Stunden Bower
Earlier this month, Josh Bilyk, president of the Alberta Enterprise Group, wrote an op-ed piece critiquing Public Interest Alberta’s efforts to advocate for fair reforms to our province’s personal and corporate income tax systems and to discuss with Albertans how additional revenues could be used for the public good. read more »

May 21, 2014 | for immediate release

Unions critical to well-being of all Albertans: new study

Strong correlation with better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality

A new study released this morning by the Parkland Institute recommends that the Alberta government should step back from its current moves to reduce unionization and restrict collective bargaining, as labour unions play an important role in improving wages, improving workplace safety, and reducing inequality across the province. read more »

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On the Job

April 23, 2014 | for immediate release

Who’s not voting in Alberta and why?

New report shows lack of time and inhibiting structural factors are important elements

March 29, 2014 | Lethbridge Herald

Beware the wealthy bearing gifts

Altruism of the wealthy is sometimes done for less saintly reasons

March 07, 2014 | for immediate release

Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality

Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues

March 5, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A19

Social Impact Bonds: An investment in the wrong direction

February 25, 2014 | for immediate release

New fact sheet says Alberta could save billions by addressing growing inequality

Fairer taxes and well-funded public services would improve health and reduce costs

November 15, 2013 | Edmonton Journal, A22

Who controls knowledge?

November 06, 2013 | for immediate release

New report highlights serious problems with elder care in Alberta

Government policies of privatization and offloading have negatively impacted quality of care

October 09, 2013 | for immediate release

Report says Albertans should be wary of cyber charter schools

Model sees private corporations using public dollars to deliver on-line education

Upcoming Events


Parkland Fall Conference 2014:
People Vs. Profiteers: Demanding Justice and Equity

November 21-23, 2014
Our 18th Annual Fall Conference will address questions of:

1) why, at a time of remarkably wealth production, the money seems to be skewing in very particular directions and away from many groups (full-time, part-time, casual workers; women and minorities; the abjectly poor and disabled outside altogether of labour markets, etc.) and towards a small minority;

and 2) what can and should be done about it.

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What's New

posted Oct 20, 2014

Parkland is Hiring

Parkland Institute is now accepting applications for two Research Manager positions.


posted May 07, 2014

Parkland Event and Alberta Could Tour

  • Parkland is co-sponsoring an event with Evidence for Democracy tonight: Standing up for Science-a crash course
  • PIA has launched a new tax reform campaign and website that will be followed up with a provincial tour
  • Fall conference dates


posted Jul 18, 2013

Next Up now accepting applications

Applications for the 2013/2014 Next Up Youth Leadership programs in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Saskatoon are now being accepted.


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