Alberta - Commentaries
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.
Genuine consultation needed on new city taxes in Calgary
December 06, 2016Will a city charter mean new, higher taxes for Calgary residents? After a series of ‘information sessions’ in Calgary, we still don’t have an answer.
Genuine consultation needed on new city taxes in Edmonton
December 06, 2016If the city and province are going to maintain that a referendum is unnecessary, then it is absolutely necessary that they provide an adequate amount of time for Edmontonians to understand the city charter and offer their feedback.
To Alberta, from Quebec: Don’t copy our failed government daycare plan
November 29, 2016The Alberta government announced on Tuesday that it is inching forward with its plan for $25-per-day daycare. As it turns out, Quebec has already tried this policy, and in practice, it was wrought with problems.