Parkland Institute Research: Books

March 01, 2006

The Bottom Line:

The Truth Behind Private Health Care Insurance in Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that if wait lists are overly long in the public health care sector, individuals should have the right to buy coverage and services in the private sector. In this concise and well-researched book, readers will find answers to the many qu
June 01, 2005

The Return of the Trojan Horse:

Alberta in the New World (Dis)Order

The Return of the Trojan Horse re-examines Klein's Alberta after a decade of deficit-slashing, tax-cutting conservatism. It is an original compilation of critical essays on Alberta's policies, written by some of Alberta's (and Canada's) best political writers.
September 01, 2001

Writing Off the Rural West:

Globalization, Governments and the Transformation of Rural Life

Some of the most intense effects of globalization can be seen in rural communities. Despite a booming world economy, rural communities-and the people who work in natural-resource industries like farming, forestry, mining or fishing-have been hard hit by recent international trade
March 01, 2000

Clear Answers:

The Economics and Politics of For-Profit Medicine

The Government of Alberta under Ralph Klein has asked a reasonable question: can health care be better provided partly as a private, for-profit product rather than as a not-for-profit public service? But -- despite the claims of advocates for market-driven medicine -- private hospitals are neither cheaper nor more efficient than public ones. Clear Answers summarises the huge body of evidence showing that they are more expensive and less efficient.
March 01, 1999

Contested Classrooms:

Education, Globalization, and Democracy in Alberta

Education has become a battlefield, the classroom the arena where the contest is fought. The 1997 Ontario teachers' strike, the federal government's Millennium Scholarship, and a wave of protests across the country are among the signals that the war is heating up. Alberta stands as a Canadian model of radical education reform, propelled by economic necessity. But is all reform necessarily right or good? -- and who decides? A range of commentators -- teachers, scholars, parents, and others -- discuss the conflict in Alberta's schools.
February 01, 1997

Shredding the Public Interest:

Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-party Government

Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)
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