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Welcome the Parkland Institute's blog. Here, we feature writers and researchers associated with the Parkland Institute writing about topics of interest to Albertans.

February 24, 2011

Health care has not been protected

posted by Diana Gibson

In today's budget it is expected again that the Tories will claim to be protecting health care spending but exercising fiscal austerity in other pieces of the budget. What the Tory government missed this year and last is that health care spending is not defined by what is spent on acute care.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2011, economics, health care
February 23, 2011

Cutting infrastructure spending the wrong way to go

posted by Diana Gibson

Current Tory critics and leadership hopefuls including the Wildrose party have focused the 2011 budget debate on infrastructure spending - saying it is 'out of control.' Parkland's new research, released today shows clearly that infrastructure spending is not out of control...

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2011, Danielle Smith, economics, infrastructure, Wildrose Alliance
February 06, 2011

What budgets actually mean

posted by Trevor Harrison

On February 24, Alberta’s beleaguered Tory government will bring down its budget. In anticipation, much of the province’s pro-business/private sector establishment has given the government advice on “holding the line” or perhaps even making cuts to expenditures.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2011, Danielle Smith, economics, spending cuts, Wildrose Alliance
February 01, 2011

Wildrose spending proposals short-sighted

posted by Diana Gibson

According to the Wildrose leader Danielle Smith, the Tory government should limit spending increases to the rate of inflation plus population growth and protract billions of dollars in capital spending to help balance the books (  This shows a profound lack of understanding of Alberta's economy, spending levels and needs.

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Tagged with: Danielle Smith, economics, service cuts, Wildrose Alliance
December 14, 2010

The chicken or the egg, Minister Renner?

posted by Diana Gibson

According to Alberta's Environment Minister Rob Renner, "The fact remains, we have to face the reality that there will not be a dramatic reduction in dependence on hydrocarbons until alternative kinds of fuel and energy are developed."  Actually, he has it backwards.

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Tagged with: energy policy, environment, renewable energy, royalties, tar sands

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