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Mirror, Mirror

What’s Fair about the 2024 Budget?

Is the Alberta we are hoping to build made possible by Budget 2024? How will we meet the immediate and long-term needs of a rapidly growing province, in a rapidly changing political, economic, and environmental context? When we look in the mirror, what Alberta do we see?

Welcome to the New ‘Alberta Advantage’

Pre-budget address promises dawn of perma-austerity era

Premier Smith’s pre-budget address announced the dawn of an era of permanent austerity and chronic underfunding for the province. Maybe someone should’ve explained to the UCP that the goal of ending the fiscal roller coaster was always to land at the middle, rather than getting stuck at a permanent bottom. This blog analyses why Smith decided to run this particular play — and why now.

Ensuring Dignity in Retirement

Social security and the Canada Pension Plan

In this opening installment of Parkland’s two-part blog series on Alberta pensions, the authors examine the history of pension plans in Canada and Alberta, setting the stage for understanding the UCP's pension policies and their current proposal of an Alberta Pension Plan. For a recent history and analysis of the UCP's stance on public pensions, please read the blog “Navigating the UCP’s Pension Agenda,” by Bob Ascah.

Navigating the UCP’s Pension Agenda

A party willing to gamble with your money

In this final installment of Parkland’s two-part blog series on Alberta pensions, the author explores the UCP's stance on public pensions, offering context from Alberta's recent history to frame the discussion of the Alberta Pension Plan proposal. For a history of pension plans in Canada and Alberta, please read the blog “Ensuring Dignity in Retirement,” by Baldwin Reichwein, Richard Ramsay, and Jake Kuiken.

Playing Politics With Public Health

Bill 6 must give Albertans access to key information

Bill 6, the Public Health Amendment Act, 2023, proposes fundamental changes to the management of public health emergencies by shifting authority for major decisions from public health officials to cabinet. This blog explores the ramifications of Bill 6 and makes the case for changes that would allow for more transparency and informed decision-making in future health crises.

For good reason, China’s election interference has sparked outrage in Canada. But China’s ability to sway a broad spectrum of Canadian voters is far weaker than the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer’s (CAPP) foreign-funded political interference. Most oil and gas companies in Canada are foreign-owned and funded, and they use a loophole to fund election activities. This loophole must be closed.

Selling Fiction as Fact

Alberta Pension Plan report built on invented numbers and a false premise

When launching its report on an Alberta Pension Plan (APP), the government asked Albertans to “look at the facts” and engage in the discussion. But “facts” are sorely missing in the report—and the invitation to discuss the APP excludes the most important question: do Albertans really want out of the CPP?

Six Worries for Workers This Labour Day

What can we expect from the re-elected UCP government?

What can Alberta workers expect from this United Conservative Party government? The UCP’s first term cheapened labour costs for employers, while its 2023 election platform contained few promises related to labour and employment matters. This post presents six labour-related issues that should be on every worker’s radar over the next four years.

Right Thing, Wrong Reasons

De-privatizing community laboratory services in Alberta

AHS is ending its contract with DynaLIFE and transferring it to Alberta Precision Labs, the public provider of medical laboratory services. The move to bring community lab testing back in-house under APL is a necessary step in the right direction, one that advocates and workers have been calling for from the beginning. But it is merely delivering first aid for a hemorrhaging patient. This blog post discusses a series of critical questions that need to be answered if we want to understand what the next step for Alberta’s laboratory services should be.

Envisioning Alberta’s Economy

The UCP and NDP Platforms on Jobs, Investment, and Diversification

With Alberta’s election approaching, the UCP and the NDP have both released platform planks on the key issues of job creation, business capital spending, and economic diversification. While the two parties’ platforms present very different visions for Alberta, neither seem to be offering anything revolutionary for the province.

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