The Decline in Alberta Oil and Gas Royalties
Alberta introduced new royalty formulas in 2009, expecting to collect an additional $2 billion per year. Instead, total royalties collected over the following five years went down by $13.5 billion.
Alberta’s Increasing Income Inequality
The gap between the rich and the poor in Alberta is the widest in the country, and the disparity between those Albertans at the top of the income ladder and those at the bottom has been growing faster than in any other province.
Examining the Range of Albertans' Values and Beliefs
This survey-based study examines the diversity of Albertans' values and beliefs on four dimensions: economic conservatism, traditional values, libertarianism, and political alienation.
Parkland in the Media
Op-eds | May 7, 2015 | Winnipeg Free Press, A11
by Trevor Harrison
The autopsy into the death of Alberta's PCs has just begun. A host of explanations has already been advanced: the early election call, the television debate, voter anger and the stellar performance of Rachel Notley compared with that of Jim Prentice. There is good forensic evidence in support of all these explanations. But deaths of the sort witnessed Tuesday are also the result of a longer accumulation of causes. Read more »
Mentions | May 04, 2015
'The Tories chose to pretend the big blunder did not happen,' says consultant Jim Roy.
The Alberta government has failed to collect nearly $2.5 billion per year in resource royalties since 2009 due to a major calculation blunder, according to Jim Roy, a private royalty expert who advises governments around the world. Read more »
For immediate release | April 23, 2015
At least 40 percent of Alberta’s projected deficit for fiscal year 2015/16 could be eliminated by simply returning to the royalty formulas in place prior to 2009. Read more »
For immediate release | April 20, 2015
Return to progressive tax would help reverse troubling trend
For immediate release | April 09, 2015
Voters values and beliefs don’t fit neatly into left vs. right camps