Alberta - Commentaries
Cabinet and MLA vehicle expense rules need reform
August 04, 2018Imagine walking into your boss’s office and telling her that you drove 80,000 kilometres last year in your personal vehicle for work-related travel. Without asking to see any paperwork to back that up, she replies “okie dokie,” pulls out a calculator and then writes you a cheque for $34,800, based on a reimbursement policy of 43.5 cents per kilometre travelled ...
Trudeau helps foreign businesses again, hurts Canadian ones
July 23, 2018The Trudeau government has once again introduced legislation that will hurt Canadian companies while helping their foreign competitors.
Social licence can't be bought
July 02, 2018Since coming to office, Premier Notley has expressed the idea that if she imposed just enough new regulatory barriers and costs on Albertans she could gain so-called “social licence” for energy projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline. Three years later, it should be abundantly clear – "social license" can't be bought.
Phase out costly goodbye bonuses
June 29, 2018Imagine you’ve retired from your job and today is your last day of work. On your way out the door your boss pulls you aside and hands you a cheque for $10,814.54. For most people this sounds like a dream scenario, but at the City of Calgary it's a common situation.
City council's pension plan is plucking too much cash from taxpayers' pockets
June 21, 2018Since the Canadian Taxpayers Federation began drawing attention to Calgary's city council pensions, several council members have still got their backs up and have made nonsensical claims. Taxpayers should be aware of the facts.
Calgary needs to scale back generous pension for city council members
June 21, 2018If you add up all the tax dollars spent by the City of Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver on their city council pensions over the past decade, Calgary spent more than all three of those cities combined. It's time to scale back council's golden pension.
Property tax hike? Cities have alternatives
June 01, 2018Too often the question on the minds of municipal politicians is – “how much should we raise property taxes by this year?” Yet in reality, large cities are typically inefficient organizations that leave plenty of room for improvement.
Trudeau made colossal mistake with pipeline
May 29, 2018The federal government has struggled for years with routine managerial functions, such as paying its employees the right amount of money each pay period. And yet now we’re to believe the federal government will be able to competently operate a pipeline company? This will not end well for taxpayers...