Op-eds | December 29, 2009

Time to change Alberta taxation:

Cutting social programs not the answer to provincial deficit woes

Most businesses do not choose Alberta due to low taxes, but because of the resource wealth and natural bounty. Those industries cannot thrive without expensive infrastructure, healthy, educated workers, and research and development, all of which require strong and sustainable government revenues.

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Mentions | December 16, 2009

Parkland Flat Tax report the subject of iNews880 interview with Stelmach

Topics in the Parkland Institute’s report on the costs of Alberta’s “flat tax” structure, Giving Away the Golden Egg, were put as question to Premier Ed Stelmach on iNews880.com today.

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For Immediate Release | December 16, 2009

“Flat Tax” costing Alberta over $5 billion:

Think tank says returning to 1999 tax structure would put Alberta in a surplus position

EDMONTON— A new fact sheet released this morning by the University of Alberta’s Parkland Institute says that the “flat tax,” introduced by Ralph Klein in 2001, is costing the province in excess of $5 billion a year.  Given the projected deficit of $4.3 billion this year, simply returning to the progressive tax structure that existed in 1999 would be more than enough to move the province from a deficit budget to a surplus budget.

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For Immediate Release | December 04, 2009

Weak Canadian position at Copenhagen just one symptom of flawed business model in energy sector

EDMONTON—Canada’s inability to play a leadership role at international climate change negotiations is just one of many negative consequences of an energy sector that is dominated by large for-profit corporations, and we need to begin exploring alternate business models for the industry. This is a key message of a new discussion paper released today by Alberta’s Parkland Institute in conjunction with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

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