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Alberta's financial situation is a challenge, not a crisis

With Alberta’s budget only a couple of months off, Parkland Institute director Trevor Harrison looks at the state of the province’s finances using the latest data from RBC Financial. He argues that Alberta faces a fiscal challenge, not a crisis. 

Has Alberta's new royalty framework achieved its aims?

One year after the Notley government announced its new royalty framework, Parkland Institute's Ricardo Acuña looks at whether the changes have accomplished the stated goals.

Are Bill 6 recommendations about saving lives or saving money?

Bill 6 (the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act) extends basic occupational health and safety rights to paid Alberta farm workers, but recommendations from a government-appointed working group on employment standards would weaken those basic protections.

Ten things to know about carbon pricing in Alberta

One year ago this week, the government of Alberta announced its Climate Leadership Plan, which included the introduction of a carbon levy starting January 1, 2017. Parkland Institute researcher Ian Hussey lays out 10 key facts you should know before the levy goes into effect.

The Day case

"Freedom of choice," but only for some

Despite narratives of "freedom of choice" and "timely access to care," Dr. Brian Day’s Charter challenge against the BC Ministry of Health is really about undermining the single-payer health system based on medical need, not ability pay.

A ‘Modernized Municipal Government Act’

Forward-looking or rooted firmly in the past?

With the provincial government in the midst of a 20-city summer tour to consult on its attempt through Bill 21 to "modernize" the Municipal Government Act, Rebecca Graff-McRae looks at what's likely to change if the bill is ultimately passed.

Ten things to know about a $15 minimum wage in Alberta

The Alberta government is once again holding consultations on its plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey lays out 10 key facts Albertans should know about the proposed increase.

Does Budget 2016 live up to NDP promises of equity?

On May 24, 2015, Rachel Notley was sworn in as the 17th premier of Alberta, promising to usher in an era of governance inclusive of gender, race, indigeneity, and socio-economic status. Rebecca Graff-McRae looks at whether the NDP's budget lives up to its promises of real action on equity issues.

Alberta's immediate concern is limited revenue, not debt

Discussions about Alberta’s $10 billion deficit and estimated debt of $33 billion by 2018-19 have dominated the media since the introduction of Budget 2016. Parkland Institute Research Managers Ian Hussey and Rebecca Graff-McRae argue that revenue, not debt, is the immediate concern coming out of the budget.

Unemployment in Alberta

What past recessions indicate about the future

The recent recession has resulted in the highest unemployment rate Alberta has experienced for years. Economics Professor Richard Mueller compares the current jobs picture with past recessions, and finds some reason for optimism about the future.

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