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For Immediate Release | April 20, 2015

Alberta’s Income Inequality the Worst in Canada

Return to progressive tax would help reverse troubling trend

The gap between the rich and the poor in Alberta is the widest in the country, and the disparity between those Albertans at the top of the income ladder and those at the bottom has been growing faster than in any other province, according to the findings of a new fact sheet released today by the Parkland Institute.

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Tagged with: income | inequality | taxation | taxes
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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Tagged with: budget 2015 | gender | gender gap | taxation | taxes
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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Tagged with: Jim Prentice | public services | Ralph Klein | revenue | tax cuts | taxes
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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Tagged with: budget 2014 | flat tax | inequality | progressive taxes | taxes
Op-eds | March 01, 2013

Fairness is found in equality, progressive taxation

In response to analysis by the Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of new Statistics Canada data, the Calgary Herald published an editorial that was misleading and misguided. The data revealed some startling facts: virtually all of the wealth created in Alberta over the last three decades went to the top income bracket.

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Tagged with: economics | flat tax | inequality | taxes
For Immediate Release | February 28, 2013

A majority of Albertans support a return to progressive taxation

New report shows that fair and progressive taxes could solve Alberta’s fiscal woes

A new report released this morning by the U of A’s Parkland Institute says that the solution to Alberta’s current fiscal woes, and to growing inequality in the province, lies in an increase in corporate taxes and a return to a progressive tax system—a move that a majority of Albertans would support.

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Tagged with: budget 2013 | economics | flat tax | progressive taxes | service cuts | taxes
For Immediate Release | January 28, 2013

Alberta is Canada’s most unequal province

and Calgary the most unequal city

Analysis by the Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives of new data on Canada’s richest 1% shows that Alberta has become the country’s most unequal province and Calgary its most unequal city.  The new data shows that incomes (adjusted for inflation) for the top 1% of Albertan doubled between 1982 and 2010, posting a shocking increase of $320,000.  By comparison, the bottom 90% of Albertans saw their incomes increase by a total of only $3,900 over the same time period.

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Tagged with: economics | inequality | one percent | taxes
Op-eds | October 01, 2012

Elite’s lectures on free lunches often spiced with hypocrisy

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” It’s a common enough slogan. You may have heard it today — perhaps even over lunch.

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Tagged with: corporations | economics | taxes
Op-eds | October 06, 2011

Taxes and the ghost of Bob Blair

Bob had a different answer. Speaking at a Senate hearing, he asked why the federal government was intent on going after “welfare moms” to reduce the debt, as they didn’t have any money.

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Tagged with: Bob Blair | rich | taxes
Op-eds | September 01, 2011

The debt crisis: A case of false memory syndrome

The acclaimed author, Milan Kundera, has written that, “The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” But the ongoing world financial crisis shows how false memories can fool us and make us unable to confront corporate power.

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Tagged with: bail-outs | corporations | debt | debt crisis | taxes
Op-eds | February 25, 2011

Tories’ gross fiscal mismanagement sells Albertans short

Government focuses on spending without beefing up available revenues

On the same day that Alberta’s provincial budget was released to the public, oil briefly hit over $103 per barrel. Third-quarter results from the oil patch revealed a doubling or tripling of profits in that sector. And despite the economic downturn in 2009, that year was the second most profitable Alberta’s oilsands operators had ever seen.

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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2011 | royalties | spending cuts | taxes
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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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | social services | taxes
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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Tagged with: Ed Stelmach | flat tax | taxes
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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Tagged with: Alberta budget 2010 | flat tax | social investment | taxes

 

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