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Learning the lessons of past royalty reviews

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.

Detaxation got us into this mess, can Alberta’s new government get us out?

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.

Alberta politics, the sands, and the truth

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.

Alberta’s public health care system is sustainable

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 persistent myth of Alberta’s high public spending

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 case for a $15 minimum wage in Alberta

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.

Planks in the platforms

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.

Making mincemeat out of Mintz’s politicized numbers

One of the most frequently cited numbers during this election is the claim that Alberta's economy will shed 9000 jobs for every one percent 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?

A plan for Alberta’s post-secondary institutions?

Alberta Budget 2015 represents a turning point for post-secondary education funding and governance. Unfortunately, this turn signals the start of a race to the bottom, and the Prentice government’s lack of a coherent vision for the sector.

It’s Groundhog Budget Day in Alberta. Again.

The same ruling party. The same manufactured crises brought into stark relief by a drop in oil prices. The same rhetoric about belt-tightening. The same refusal to look at real revenue solutions that could finally get the province off the oil price roller coaster. Year after year after year.

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