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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: Risks and Opportunities 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 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

December 03, 2014

A Profitable Brew:

A Financial Analysis of the SLGA and Its Potential Privatization

Parkland in the Media

March 04, 2015 | for immediate release

Alberta Women Hardest Hit by the Alberta ‘Tax Advantage’

Women in Alberta have been disproportionately impacted by the 2001 shift to a single rate tax regime in the province, and now face higher income gaps, unpaid work gaps, and after-tax income gaps than women in the rest of Canada, according to the findings of a comprehensive new report released today by the Parkland Institute. Read more »

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February 28, 2015 | The Globe and Mail

Focus Alberta tax talk on income, not sales

by Kathleen Lahey
The Alberta government boasts in every budget that with its “Tax Advantage” program, Albertans pay the lowest taxes in Canada, and maybe even in North America. All personal and corporate incomes are taxed at a single 10-per-cent rate – except for small businesses, which pay a low 3-per-cent rate. Read more »

February 23, 2015 | Edmonton Journal, A13

Opinion: Klein’s policies got us into this mess

Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage

by Ricardo Acuña
It’s curious how the proponents of the “cut first and ask questions later” approach to provincial budgeting continue trying to spread the myth Ralph Klein’s cuts in the 1990s were necessary, and that somehow Alberta and Albertans are better off because of them. It’s as if they believe that singing the same refrains over and over will make them true. But the reality is that these claims are as false today as they were back in 1993. Read more »

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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


December 03, 2014 | for immediate release

Privatized liquor could cost Saskatchewan millions: report


November 17, 2014 | for immediate release

Conference challenges growing wealth concentration

People vs Profiteers – November 21-23, University of Alberta

October 29, 2014 | for immediate release

Alberta Energy Regulator unlikely to advance public interest – new report

Single regulator makes it easier for industry, but maintains old barriers to public participation

June 28, 2014 | Lethbridge Heral

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics


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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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posted Dec 01, 2014

Parkland Employment Opportunity

Parkland Institute is hiring for the position of Communications Coordinator, a high energy and diverse communications professional who  will be responsible for the Institute’s media relations, outreach, public relations, and production of publications and reports. 

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