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April 16, 2015

A plan for Alberta’s post-secondary institutions?

posted by Barret Weber

Alberta Budget 2015 represents a turning point for post-secondary education funding and governance. Unfortunately, this turn signals the start of a race to the bottom, and the Prentice government’s lack of a coherent vision for the sector.

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Tagged with: budget 2015, post secondary, post-secondary education
April 02, 2015

It’s Groundhog Budget Day in Alberta. Again.

posted by Ian Hussey

The same ruling party. The same manufactured crises brought into stark relief by a drop in oil prices. The same rhetoric about belt-tightening. The same refusal to look at real revenue solutions that could finally get the province off the oil price roller coaster.

Year after year after year. 

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Tagged with: budget 2015, revenue, royalties, taxation, taxes
March 09, 2015

Alberta’s ‘tax advantage’ strategy has undercut women’s equality

posted by Kathleen Lahey

Alberta is the richest jurisdiction in North America. But women living in the province are among the most disadvantaged in Canada, facing higher income gaps, unpaid work gaps, and after-tax income gaps than women living anywhere else in the country.

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Tagged with: budget 2015, gender, gender gap, tax cuts, taxes
February 09, 2015

Instead of austerity, Alberta needs wage-led economic growth

posted by Ian Hussey

In response to the latest Alberta revenue crisis, Premier Jim Prentice has increasingly been beating the austerity drum. But is an austerity agenda the best way for the province to deal with the current fiscal crunch?

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Tagged with: austerity, corporations, flat tax, jobs, taxes
January 29, 2015

A modest proposal: Alberta needs income and corporate tax reform

posted by Barret Weber

It has now been a couple of weeks since Alberta Premier Jim Prentice floated the idea of a provincial sales tax in a speech to the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) luncheon (a trial balloon which Albertans soon overwhelmingly deflated, according to a somewhat-questionable poll on the issue).

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Tagged with: corporations, flat tax, taxes

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