Parkland in the Media

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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The Way Forward: Progressive Income Tax in AlbertaStabilizing Alberta’s revenues: A common sense approachRoom to Move: Alberta's taxes are too lowFixing What’s Broken: Fair and sustainable solutions to Alberta's revenue problems
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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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A dirty business: The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

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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Delivery Matters: Public Infrastructure, Privatized Maintenance, and Government Transparency
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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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A Profitable Brew: A Financial Analysis of the SLGA and Its Potential Privatization

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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Directly and Adversely Affected: Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

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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Op-eds | June 16, 2014

Tax advantage — but for whom?

Earlier this month, Josh Bilyk, president of the Alberta Enterprise Group, wrote an op-ed piece critiquing Public Interest Alberta’s efforts to advocate for fair reforms to our province’s personal and corporate income tax systems and to discuss with Albertans how additional revenues could be used for the public good.

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For Immediate Release | May 21, 2014

Unions critical to well-being of all Albertans: new study:

Strong correlation with better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality

A new study released this morning by the Parkland Institute recommends that the Alberta government should step back from its current moves to reduce unionization and restrict collective bargaining, as labour unions play an important role in improving wages, improving workplace safety, and reducing inequality across the province.

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On the Job: Why Unions Matter in Alberta

For Immediate Release | April 23, 2014

Who’s not voting in Alberta and why?:

New report shows lack of time and inhibiting structural factors are important elements

A new study released this morning, on the second anniversary of the 2012 Alberta election, reports that Albertans cite a lack of time and inhibiting structural factors as key reasons for their failure to vote, and recommends increased advocacy and education efforts emphasizing voting as a responsibility of citizenship.

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Less Exclusion, More Engagement: Addressing declining voter turnout in Alberta

Op-eds | March 29, 2014

Beware the wealthy bearing gifts:

Altruism of the wealthy is sometimes done for less saintly reasons

Everyone loves people who give unstintingly to charity. But a little skepticism might be in order before saluting too much the ballyhooed generosity of the rich.

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For Immediate Release | March 07, 2014

Budget 2014 a missed opportunity to address inequality:

Progressive taxes would reduce inequality, improve well-being, and stabilize provincial revenues

A new fact sheet released this morning by the Parkland Institute in response to the 2014 Alberta Budget says that the Alberta government has missed an opportunity to address a significant roadblock to improved health, happiness, prosperity, and overall well-being for the province.

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The Way Forward: Progressive Income Tax in Alberta

Op-eds | March 05, 2014

Social Impact Bonds: An investment in the wrong direction

Do you have $5 million burning a hole in your pocket? If so, have we got a deal for you. The Government of Alberta will soon be allowing you to invest that money in the misery and poverty of fellow Albertans, and pay you a 10 to 20 per cent rate of return to do so.

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