Alberta - Commentaries
Government is binging on beer and whisky taxes
May 08, 2017The sun is shining, farmers are seeding, and Albertans are enjoying their first rounds of patio beers. The Alberta government is doubling down on its hangover-inducing beer tax-and-subsidy scheme by expanding similar policies to distillers.
To balance the budget, Alberta's government must learn to say "no"
May 01, 2017With the Alberta budget comes implications for Calgarians and all Albertans – but no one more so than future generations of taxpayers.
Believing the carbon tax won’t be a cash grab requires blind faith in government
April 11, 2017To accept the idea of a functional carbon tax that helps end climate change and doesn’t amount to a cash grab, requires one thing that Albertans should be wary of giving: blind faith in government.
Send governments a message to ensure a future without tax further hikes
April 04, 2017Despite their endless desires for more revenue, it’s time to make governments at the provincial and city level recognize what Edmontonian business owners have already recognized – that spending control is needed – and fight to ensure a future without further tax hikes.
City Charter process mulls “how would you like that tax hike served?”
February 23, 2017Aside from – or perhaps in addition to – new tax powers for revenue-hungry big-city mayors, the idea of revenue sharing has been proposed. If it looks like a tax and it stings like a tax, it’s probably a tax. Given the province’s financial situation, revenue sharing could be a back door tax by another name.
It's time to stop the relentless punishment of Alberta taxpayers
February 23, 2017It’s time for the Alberta government to lift the burden off Albertans. Between punishing new taxes and a mounting debt load, the government has been putting off difficult decisions of its own and instead, is choosing to make life more difficult for Albertans.
Government New Year’s Resolution: Focus on honesty, not fantasy
February 06, 2017It’s a new year: a time when people commit to stop dreaming, and start doing, adopting an air of clarity and honesty about their goals, their failures and how they’ll improve. Can we send that message to our governments?
When U.S. taxes go low, we should go lower
January 29, 2017Canada could benefit from economic growth sparked in the U.S. But by the same token, U.S. tax changes could have a magnetic effect, drawing Canadian businesses and would-be investors down south. Certainly, a dramatically reduced business tax rate makes Canada less competitive.
NDP should pay for its own carbon tax propaganda – not taxpayers
December 12, 2016Life in Alberta today: It’s bitterly cold, below 30 degrees with the wind chill. You start your car and turn the radio on. You hear an advertisement from the Alberta government telling you it’s great that gasoline and home heating will become more expensive on January 1st.