The Parkland Institute

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 »

Looking in the Mirror:

Provincial Comparisons of Public Spending

Looking in the Mirror

Does Alberta really have a spending problem? Is public sector spending in the province really outpacing the level of public expenditures in other provinces? This fact sheet brings facts to the Alberta budget discussion.

The Alberta Disadvantage:

Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality

The Alberta Disadvantage

This report analyzes gender inequality in Alberta, and offers a series of recommendations to reverse the decades-long slide in gender equality in Alberta, restore stability to provincial revenues, and create a more equitable provincial taxation system.

A Dirty Business:

The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

A Dirty Business

Alberta farm workers are excluded from workers' compensation protection, despite facing a high risk of workplace injury, including developing occupational cancer. This report examines why the Alberta government continues this exclusion.

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 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’

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

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

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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.


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?


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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