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November 28, 2010

Memo to Energy Minister Liepert: Royalties are not taxes

posted by Regan Boychuk

Already “under attack for allegedly being rude and dismissive when he was health minister,” current Energy Minister Ron Liepert conceded he hadn’t read the Parkland Institute’s new report on vast oilpatch profits but that didn’t stop him from dismissing it...

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Tagged with: economics, energy policy, oil and gas, Ron Liepert, royalties
November 26, 2010

Time for dialogue about more than cookies

posted by Diana Gibson

So, the axe has finally fallen and Stephen Duckett has been fired. As the dust settles, Raj Sherman sits as an independent and premier Stelmach says he is tired of the theatre. But a look behind the headlines shows us that it has all been theatre.
 

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Tagged with: Duckett, health care, healthcare, post secondary, Sherman
November 26, 2010

Responding to government and industry on profits

posted by Regan Boychuk

Parkland released its latest report yesterday morning, detailing the huge scale of oilpatch profits – Misplaced Generosity: Extraordinary profits in Alberta’s oil and gas industry.  Many of the responses from government and industry were predictable – that’s why they were addressed in the report.  Let’s run through the standard excuses offered for the string of royalty cuts Albertans have watched their government hand out over the last two years.
 

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Tagged with: energy policy, oil and gas, oil profits, royalties, tar sands
November 22, 2010

Sherman gets Alberta smackdown

posted by David Thompson

Doctor and now-former Conservative MLA Raj Sherman is just the latest person to receive the Alberta Smackdown for speaking out on an important issue.

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Tagged with: Duckett, health care, healthcare, Raj Sherman
November 12, 2010

Wildrose Alliance models health care on USA

posted by Diana Gibson

Throwing their hat into the ring, Alberta's newly minted Wildrose Alliance Party finally launched its health care platform. Wild Rose's leader Danielle Smith is rolling out an agenda to dramatically expand private delivery. Carefully crafted rhetoric like "increasing choice" and "European model" are used to shroud the fact that Smith is talking about privatization, and taking Alberta toward a U.S.- style, corporate health system.

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Tagged with: Danielle Smith, health care, health legislation, healthcare, Wild Rose Alliance

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