Alberta - Commentaries
If city charters allow deficits, who will clean up the mess?
August 17, 2017The Alberta government recently proposed giving Calgary and Edmonton more powers – changes that have been articulated in new, draft “city charters“for the two cities. Here’s what taxpayers need to know about the proposed changes.
Government spending will not be Calgary’s silver bullet for growth
August 01, 2017When times are tough, people are on the hunt for a quick fix – that one solution that will change the game. In Calgary, there’s been much political musing about such a silver bullet to kick-start the city’s economy.
The delicate dance of social license and other intangible government promises
August 01, 2017There is no clearer example of politicians using fluffy, intangible sales pitches to make their tax hikes easier to swallow than the dubiousness of social license.
Universities need to wake up and smell the sunshine
July 22, 2017Alberta’s sunshine list has revealed that the salaries of top university administrators are not only out-of-line with the rest of the country, but also include massive financial perks with no benefit for taxpayers or students.
Rising gas taxes dinging drivers and businesses in Edmonton
July 10, 2017Gas taxes are going up in the province. In fact, almost 31 per cent of the pump price in Alberta is tax. Thanks to the Alberta government’s carbon tax, gas taxes will continue to rise year after year. That’s a reason to keep an eye on Edmonton’s municipal government to ensure the province doesn’t give them the ability to create a city gas tax.