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Making It Work

Kyoto, Trade and Politics

How will trade agreements and federalism constrain Canadian policy makers if they implement the Kyoto Protocol?

Reclaiming Medicare

A Response to the Mazankowski Misdiagnosis

In the fall of 2001, the Alberta government was about to release its long-awaited Mazankowski Report on health care in Alberta.

Advantaged No More

How Low Taxes Flattened Alberta's Future

The paper argues recent government fiscal policies have created an artificial revenue crisis, the result of which has been a second stage crisis involving renewed cuts to valued public services, intensified labour strife, higher costs to average Albertans, and general economic instability. The paper argues that government explanations for the crisis (e.g., that expenditures are out of control) are not substantiated by any existing data and serve only to mislead the public.

Writing Off the Rural West

Globalization, Governments and the Transformation of Rural Life

Some of the most intense effects of globalization can be seen in rural communities. Despite a booming world economy, rural communities-and the people who work in natural-resource industries like farming, forestry, mining or fishing-have been hard hit by recent international trade agreements. This collection looks at changing rural life, across the country and around the globe.

The British Columbia Advantage

Lessons from Alberta on the Deregulation of the Electricity Industry

In 1995 the Alberta government followed the example of Margaret Thatcher in Britain, and began to deregulate Alberta's electricity industry. Defying critics, the government promised Albertans lowered electricity prices and more stable supplies once electricity was subjected to the competitive pressures of the marketplace.

Public Bodies, Private Parts

Surgical Contracts and Conflict of Interest at the Calgary Regional Health Authority

In September 2000 The Health Care Protection Act (formerly Bill 11) was proclaimed and established as law in Alberta. Since the Act permits private, for-profit surgical facilities to keep patients for more than a 12-hour stay, it is only a matter of time before for-profit hospitals are approved and operating in Alberta. The first ones are likely to appear in Calgary.

Energy ... Free Trade and the Price We Paid

We are paying a high price for free trade. The 49th Parallel is vanishing, creating a new integrated continental oil and gas market in which Canadian energy industries are used to feed an ever-growing American demand.

Advantage for Whom?

Declining Family Incomes in a Growing Alberta Economy

This report is an analysis of Albertans’ family incomes during the 1990s. It compares the incomes of Alberta families at all income levels, examines the income gap between the richest and poorest of families, and discusses the escalating stress that Alberta families face as they attempt to maintain their standard of living in an increasingly competitive market place.

Change and Opportunity

EPCOR in a Deregulated Electricity Industry

This study extends examines EPCOR’s standing in the throes of the deregulation of Alberta’s electricity industry. It finds that EPCOR provides remarkable value to the City of Edmonton, and despite unexpected shifts in regulatory positions by the Alberta government, this value is likely to hold in the medium and long term.

Clear Answers

The Economics and Politics of For-Profit Medicine

The Government of Alberta under Ralph Klein has asked a reasonable question: can health care be better provided partly as a private, for-profit product rather than as a not-for-profit public service? But -- despite the claims of advocates for market-driven medicine -- private hospitals are neither cheaper nor more efficient than public ones. Clear Answers summarises the huge body of evidence showing that they are more expensive and less efficient.

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