Parkland in the Media

Op-eds | March 20, 2015

Opinion: Post-secondary education not premier’s priority

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? 

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For Immediate Release | March 19, 2015

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.

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Op-eds | March 11, 2015

Opinion: For women, it’s the Alberta Disadvantage

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.

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Mentions | March 06, 2015

Media coverage of ‘The Alberta Disadvantage’

Parkland Institute's latest report, The Alberta Disadvantage: Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality, received widespread coverage in local, provincial, and national media. Here's a roundup of the coverage that can be accessed online.

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For Immediate Release | March 04, 2015

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.

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Op-eds | March 02, 2015

Focus Alberta tax talk on income, not sales

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.

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Op-eds | February 23, 2015

Opinion: Klein’s policies got us into this mess:

Budget cuts of 1990s did lasting damage

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.

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Op-eds | February 02, 2015

Plan for a low-carbon Alberta

As Alberta’s economic engine falters, now is a good time to rethink the province putting all its eggs in bitumen’s basket.

When their crops failed, Alberta’s farmers had the pluck to persevere. There’s always next year. That resilience in the face of adversity served them well. But a next-year-country optimism is misplaced when applied to Alberta’s unconventional oil.

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For Immediate Release | January 15, 2015

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

The agricultural industry has among the highest fatality rate of any occupation in the country, and farm workers face higher risk for a range of occupational cancers. Despite that reality, the Alberta government continues to exclude tens of thousands of Alberta farm workers from the provincial workers’ compensation system.

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Op-eds | January 05, 2015

The meaning of Alberta conservatism

The recent capitulation of Danielle Smith and eight of her Wildrose party colleagues to the governing Progressive Conservatives can only be understood by decoding the meaning of conservatism in Alberta and the political purposes that construction serves.

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Op-eds | December 09, 2014

Sad legacy of accountability deferred

Few ever heard of an obscure problem called “deferred maintenance” before Journal reporter Keith Gerein’s groundbreaking five-part series Condition: Critical.  Thanks to the scope and calibre of his reporting, Albertans are now aware of the backlog of necessary and overdue work needed to properly maintain tens of billions of dollars worth of publicly owned schools, colleges, universities, highways, bridges, waterworks, laboratories, office buildings and hospitals.

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For Immediate Release | December 03, 2014

Privatized liquor could cost Saskatchewan millions: report

The Saskatchewan government maintains that their proposed privatization of the province’s liquor retailing system will not result in diminished government revenues. However, a new joint study by Alberta’s Parkland Institute and the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates that even with the existing mark-up and taxation regime in place, the government stands to lose millions in potential revenue under a privatized liquor system.
 

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For Immediate Release | November 17, 2014

Conference challenges growing wealth concentration:

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

Parkland Institute’s annual fall conference this year will seed to address why, at a time of remarkable wealth production, the money seems to be skewing in very particular directions, and away from workers, women, visible minorities, the disabled, and the poor and towards a small minority, and what can and should be done about it.

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For Immediate Release | October 29, 2014

Alberta Energy Regulator unlikely to advance public interest – new report:

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

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute finds that Alberta’s new energy regulator, the AER, will do very little to improve Albertans’ abilities to have a say in how the province’s energy resources, particularly its massive bitumen deposits, are developed.

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Op-eds | July 02, 2014

For Harper government, bad policy is great politics

The Harper government’s recently proposed prostitution law has been widely condemned as unworkable, unconstitutional and hazardous to those working in the sex trade; that it is, in short, bad policy. To criticize the Harper government on policy grounds, however, is to miss the point that it is not actually interested in sound, rational policy. Its sole interest is staying in power.

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