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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:

No Free Lunch
Financing the Priorities of Calgarians

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:

Rewriting Alberta’s Health Laws
A Trojan Horse for Expanding For-Profit Health Care

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:

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

April 09, 2015

A Monochrome Political Culture?:

Examining the Range of Albertans' Values and Beliefs

March 19, 2015

Looking in the Mirror:

Provincial Comparisons of Public Spending

March 04, 2015

The Alberta Disadvantage:

Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality

Parkland in the Media

April 09, 2015 | for immediate release

Albertans more politically diverse than Tory streak suggests

Voters values and beliefs don’t fit neatly into left vs. right camps

With Albertans in the early days of another provincial election cycle, a new report released today by the Parkland Institute says that the values of Albertans are much more diverse than over 43 years of unbroken Progressive Conservative rule would suggest, and don’t fall neatly into left-versus-right polarization.

The report, A Monochrome Political Culture? Examining the Range of Albertans’ Values and Beliefs, is based on public opinion surveys conducted by the University of Alberta’s Population Research Laboratory in 2014.  Read more »

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March 26, 2015 | for immediate release

Budget a missed opportunity to fix Alberta’s finances

Edmonton - The 2015/16 provincial budget tabled this afternoon by Finance Minister Robin Campbell is a missed opportunity to make the structural changes necessary to stabilize provincial revenues and equitably wean the province off its overdependence on resource revenue, according to the Parkland Institute. Read more »

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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’

March 9, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A15

Opinion: For women, it’s the Alberta Disadvantage

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

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 22 03:00 PM
The Parkland Institute is pleased to co-sponsor with Unifor:

More Bang for the Buck: Adding More Value in Canada’s Energy Industry

Place: Salon A, Chateau Lacombe Hotel
Time: 03:00 PM
A free afternoon public panel on adding more value in Canada’s energy industry, featuring Unifor Economist Jim Stanford, Bowman Centre Associate Walter Petryschuk, and Unifor Quebec's Sylvain Martin. Read more…

Thursday, May 14 07:00 PM

Neoliberalism vs Global Health

Place: Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) Room 1-190
Time: 07:00 PM
Please join the Global Health Initiative and the Parkland Institute for the Edmonton launch of Global Health Watch 4: An Alternative World Health Report, featuring one of its major contributors, Dr. Ronald Labonte. Read more…

What's New

posted Apr 16, 2015

A plan for Alberta’s post-secondary institutions?

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.


posted Apr 02, 2015

It’s Groundhog Budget Day in Alberta. Again.

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. 


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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