Alberta - Commentaries
Carbon tax case study shows need for greater taxpayer protections
January 30, 2019Albertans are paying more due to the carbon tax, but the worst part is we were never given a say. That’s wrong and it’s not enough to just get rid of the carbon tax. If we’ve learned anything, it’s that Albertans deserve the right to vote in a referendum before getting hit with higher taxes.
Election-advertising law is unconstitutional
January 24, 2019Last summer, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation put up a billboard that read: “You can’t buy ‘social licence’ when it’s not for sale.” The billboard is about much more than challenging the failed concept of social licence; it’s about challenging an unconstitutional law.
Canadians are united. It's the politicians that are the problem
January 14, 2019If governments truly wanted to unify the Canadian market, all they would have to do is stop putting up barriers. Make no mistake: Canadians want to be unified. It’s the politicians who are doing the dividing.
Don't leave taxpayers on the hook for another government refinery
December 21, 2018Albertans, not only are you shareholders of a pipeline and soon-to-be buyers of new railcars, get ready to add another government-supported refinery to the list. Before you get too excited, history has shown that this is a bad deal for taxpayers...
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.