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April 23, 2015 | Fact Sheet

Billions Forgone

The Decline in Alberta Oil and Gas Royalties

Alberta introduced new royalty formulas in 2009, expecting to collect an additional $2 billion per year. Instead, total royalties collected over the following five years went down by $13.5 billion. 

April 20, 2015 | Fact Sheet

From Gap to Chasm

Alberta’s Increasing Income Inequality

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.

April 09, 2015 | Report

A Monochrome Political Culture?

Examining the Range of Albertans' Values and Beliefs

This survey-based study examines the diversity of Albertans' values and beliefs on four dimensions: economic conservatism, traditional values, libertarianism, and political alienation.

March 19, 2015 | Fact Sheet

Looking in the Mirror

Provincial Comparisons of Public Spending

Does Alberta really have a spending problem? Is public sector spending in the province really outpacing the level of public expenditures in other provinces? This fact sheet brings facts to the Alberta budget discussion.

March 04, 2015 | Report

The Alberta Disadvantage

Gender, Taxation, and Income Inequality

This report analyzes gender inequality in Alberta, and offers a series of recommendations to reverse the decades-long slide in gender equality in Alberta, restore stability to provincial revenues, and create a more equitable provincial taxation system.

January 15, 2015 | Report

A Dirty Business

The exclusion of Alberta farm workers from injury compensation

Alberta farm workers are excluded from workers' compensation protection, despite facing a high risk of workplace injury, including developing occupational cancer. This report examines why the Alberta government continues this exclusion.

December 03, 2014 | Report

A Profitable Brew

A Financial Analysis of the SLGA and Its Potential Privatization

A joint study by theParkland Institute and the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives analyzing the economic arguments against privatization of liquor sales in Saskatchewan.

October 29, 2014 | Fact Sheet

Directly and Adversely Affected

Public Participation in Tar Sands Development 2005-2014

Will Albertans have a voice in the fate of the tar sands under the new Alberta Energy Regulator? Lessons from the previous regulatory regime suggest it will be an uphill battle.

May 21, 2014 | Report

On the Job

Why Unions Matter in Alberta

By focusing on the impact of unions in the areas of wages, worker safety, and income inequality, this report documents the contributions of the labour movement to ensuring the well-being of all Albertans.

April 23, 2014 | Report

Less Exclusion, More Engagement

Addressing Declining Voter Turnout in Alberta

A survey-based study looking at who doesn't vote in Alberta elections and why.

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Parkland Institute Research: Books

March 01, 2006 | Book

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 | Book

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 | Book

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 | Book

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 | Book

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 | Book

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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