Mentions | February 14, 2010

Coverage on the Remaking Alberta conference

The Edmonton Journal reports on the Parkland Institute / AFL Remaking Alberta Conference this past weekend:  “Start moving forward,” Alberta left urged: ?Parkland Institute head tells progressives to lay out their education and health-care vision for province

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Op-eds | February 11, 2010

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul”:

Health funding hike comes at expense of other essential services

Although initial reaction to the provincial budget by pundits and media focused on the increase in spending overall and to health spending and infrastructure in particular, a deeper look at the numbers reveals the real price of those increases and raises serious concerns about long-term fiscal management in this province. In short, Budget 2010 is an exercise in robbing Peter to pay Paul. The increases to health care and infrastructure funding were financed by over $1.7 billion in cuts to other areas, and the elimination of at least 800 public service jobs.

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Mentions | February 11, 2010

Parkland Institute recent media interviews on the provincial budget

Parkland Institute’s ongoing work on the provincial budget and the Remaking Alberta conference meant that the organization had a tremendous media presence over the course of the days following the provincial budget. Here are links to numerous articles in which Parkland research is covered and staff are interviewed.

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Op-eds | February 06, 2010

Alberta families pay most in Canada for health, education, and utilities

Albertans are waiting for the provincial budget next week, when it is expected the Conservative government will be cutting health, education, and community services in ways we have not seen since the early 1990s. But Albertans will not just be bracing for larger classes, longer emergency room waits, or fewer services for vulnerable people. Budget cuts also mean families will see more of their take-home pay get eaten up by fees for public services, when we already pay more than any other Canadians for health care, education, child care, and home utilities.

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Op-eds | February 03, 2010

Revenue the real problem:

Now's the time to dip into 'rainy-day' fund, avoid raising taxes

We are on the eve of more budget destruction in Alberta. The recent appointment of Ted Morton as Minister of Finance signals a further move in the direction of budget cuts as indicated by his statements that the “all-you-can-eat buffet” of public services is about to end.

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For Immediate Release | February 03, 2010

New research shows Albertans pay the highest out-of-pocket costs for services

A new fact sheet released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute shows that Albertans are paying more than other Canadians for critical public services.

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