Despite dire warnings of financial catastrophe from the official opposition, Alberta's deficit and debt levels aren't a problem - at least not yet. Revenue, however, is a problem. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey explains.
Here are six things from the new Parkland Institute report, Hard Math, Harder Choices: Alberta’s Budget Reality, that Albertans should know in advance of the October 27 release of the NDP government's Budget 2015.
The Notley government's royalty review panel is underway, and has been met with the usual dire warnings of economic decline, job losses, and capital flight. Former Parkland researcher Regan Boychuk looks at the lessons Albertans should take from past royalty reviews as they 'talk royalties' this time.
With a budget deficit approaching $6 billion, Albertans are seeing the impact of decades of Progressive Conservative detaxation policies. Albertans voted last May for a new approach to government, but it remains to be seen if the NDP government will be able to deliver.
Are Linda McQuaig's widely publicized comment that "a lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground" truly "anti-Alberta" as Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has suggested? Or is it a conversation that Albertans need to have? Parkland Institute Research Manager Barret Weber wades into the debate.
Has Alberta’s public health care spending ballooned to the point of being unsustainable? Have Alberta's health care costs pinched funds from other public services? Parkland research manager Ian Hussey looks at the research to provide an answer.
The claim that the Government of Alberta has a spending problem has been a widely held belief in our province for decades, but the claim of out-of-control spending doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
The new Alberta government has pledged to raise the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2018, but some lobby groups say the sky will almost certainly fall if it happens. Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey looks at the validity of these Chicken Little claims, and lays out why phasing in a $15 an hour minimum wage is a good policy move.
Comparing 11 key policy issues
As we enter the final weekend of Alberta election 2015, Parkland Institute compares the platforms of the four major parties on 11 key policy areas.
One of the most frequently cited numbers during this election is the claim that Alberta's economy will shed 9,000 jobs for every 1% increase in the corporate tax. But does this claim, made by economist Jack Mintz and repeated by both the Wildrose and Progressive Conservatives, really hold up to scrutiny?