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The Parkland Institute is an Alberta research network situated within the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. It operates within the established and distinctive tradition of Canadian political economy and is non-partisan. Read more »
 
 

No Free Lunch:

Financing the Priorities of Calgarians

No Free Lunch

Based on Calgarians' stated infrastructure and social priorities, this report considers the City's options for paying for those priorities justly and sustainably. We highlight infrastructure and social spending benefits, privatization costs, and issues around property taxes.

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws:

A Trojan Horse for Expanding For-Profit Health Care

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws

Alberta's provincial government has embarked on a new initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act (AHA). There is a danger that the government is using the process to increase the role of private for-profit health care in Alberta.

The New Alberta Health Act:

Risks and Opportunities Report 1: Risks of the Alberta Health Act

The New Alberta Health Act

An assessment of the risks associated with the Alberta government's current initiative to reform existing health legislation and create a new Alberta Health Act.

Latest Research

March 19, 2015

Looking in the Mirror:

Provincial Comparisons of Public Spending

March 04, 2015

The Alberta Disadvantage:

Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality

January 15, 2015

A Dirty Business:

The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

Parkland in the Media

March 20, 2015 | Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Post-secondary education not premier’s priority

by Barret Weber
In late February, Premier Jim Prentice betrayed his lack of vision for post-secondary education in the province, saying: “There are always carrots and sticks.” But what’s the objective?  Read more »

March 19, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta’s Fiscal Problems Not the Result of ‘Overspending’

A week before the Prentice government introduces its 2015/16 provincial budget, a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute challenges the often-repeated claim that Alberta’s current fiscal woes are due to overspending by the provincial government. Read more »

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March 9, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A15

Opinion: For women, it’s the Alberta Disadvantage

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.

And despite the renewed and expanded commitments made in Canada to women’s equality in 1995, Alberta women’s equality has markedly deteriorated since then.

One day after International Women’s Day is the perfect time to ask why. Read more »

Related research:

March 06, 2015 | for immediate release

Media coverage of ‘The Alberta Disadvantage’


March 04, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta Women Hardest Hit by the Alberta ‘Tax Advantage’


February 28, 2015 | The Globe and Mail

Focus Alberta tax talk on income, not sales


February 23, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Opinion: Klein’s policies got us into this mess

Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage

January 31, 2015 | Edmonton Journal

Plan for a low-carbon Alberta


January 15, 2015 | for immediate release

Politics leaves tens of thousands of farm workers without workers’ compensation protection


January 3, 2015 | Lethbridge Herald | Winnipeg Free Press

The meaning of Alberta conservatism


December 8, 2014 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Sad legacy of accountability deferred


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posted Mar 09, 2015

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

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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posted Feb 09, 2015

Instead of austerity, Alberta needs wage-led economic growth

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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posted Jan 29, 2015

A modest proposal: Alberta needs income and corporate tax reform

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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