Alberta - Commentaries
Booming government is out of touch with Alberta’s realities
December 06, 2018Despite the tough times – the thousands of layoffs and stubbornly high unemployment, the empty towers and the giant sucking sound of tax dollars leaving households and businesses – there is an industry in Alberta that marches on like the good times never left: Government.
Don’t toss these Calgary 2026 realities to the side
October 27, 2018No matter how fun the Olympics may be, it’s important not to toss these realities to the side: Governments have no money, the Olympics will cost a whole lot and the Games should not be promoted as a way to grow the economy.
Is funding another Olympics really the best use of Canadians’ tax dollars?
October 16, 2018At a time when taxes are increasing the cost of living, when investment is being chased away by the ever-growing cost to do business, when future generations are being asked to pay for today’s over-consumption, the federal government is still contemplating spending money on another Calgary Olympics.
Hosting Olympics is a bad way to grow the economy
October 11, 2018If your goal is to give a real boost to the economy, which of these options would you choose: increase taxes, run up a deficit, transfer money between governments or put your economic eggs in a month long basket? Probably none of the above. Yet, this is how Calgary 2026 hopes to kick start the economy sometime in the next eight years.
Nowhere to cut? Keep projects on budget
October 04, 2018Supporters of ever-growing government insist that there is no fat left on the government steak to cut. We all know that isn’t true. There are simple ways to reduce government spending without impacting services, like keeping projects on time and on budget.
Kenney Should Tackle Labour Costs
October 01, 2018It’s the worst kept secret – people who are employed by the government tend to make more money, and enjoy better benefits, than those who do similar jobs outside of government. But the big question is – will someone ever tackle the problem and justifiably save taxpayers billions of dollars? Or will politicians just keep raising your taxes?
Taxpayers should expect an Olympics-sized bill, but not much else
September 27, 2018If Calgary hosts the Olympics, it will cost taxpayers a whole lot, for very little.
Everything has changed since ‘88 Olympics
September 08, 2018As the City of Calgary continues to investigate hosting the 2026 Winter Olympics, many comparisons have been made with the 1988 Olympics that were held in Calgary. Without a doubt, some readers will have some fond memories from that event. But what all Calgarians should note is that the 1988 Olympics was a very different event, held in a different era and driven by different forces.