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Latest Research

April 23, 2015

Billions Forgone:

The Decline in Alberta Oil and Gas Royalties

April 20, 2015

From Gap to Chasm:

Alberta’s Increasing Income Inequality

April 09, 2015

A Monochrome Political Culture?:

Examining the Range of Albertans' Values and Beliefs

Parkland in the Media

May 04, 2015 | Mentions

Royalty Miscalculation Cost Alberta Billions, Expert Says

'The Tories chose to pretend the big blunder did not happen,' says consultant Jim Roy.

The Alberta government has failed to collect nearly $2.5 billion per year in resource royalties since 2009 due to a major calculation blunder, according to Jim Roy, a private royalty expert who advises governments around the world. Read more »

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April 23, 2015 | For immediate release

Royalties Fix Would Eliminate Much of Alberta’s Deficit

At least 40 percent of Alberta’s projected deficit for fiscal year 2015/16 could be eliminated by simply returning to the royalty formulas in place prior to 2009. Read more »

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April 20, 2015 | For immediate release

Alberta’s Income Inequality the Worst in Canada

Return to progressive tax would help reverse troubling trend

The gap between the rich and the poor in Alberta is the widest in the country, and the disparity between those Albertans at the top of the income ladder and those at the bottom has been growing faster than in any other province, according to the findings of a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute. Read more »

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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

March 26, 2015 | For immediate release

Budget a missed opportunity to fix Alberta’s finances

March 20, 2015 | Edmonton Journal

Opinion: Post-secondary education not premier’s priority

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 | Mentions

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

Upcoming Events

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 30, 2015

Planks in the platforms: comparing 11 key policy issues

As we enter the final weekend of Alberta election 2015, Parkland Institute compares the platforms of the four major parties on 11 key policy areas.


posted Apr 27, 2015

Making minced meat out of Mintz’s politicized numbers

One of the most frequently cited numbers during this election is the claim that Alberta's economy will shed 9000 jobs for every one percent increase in the corporate tax. But does this claim, made by economist Jack Mintz and repeated by both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, really hold up to scrutiny?


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.


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