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More Than Nickels and Dimes

Albertans Pay Highest Out-of-Pocket Costs for Services

Alberta families watch a large bite of their take-home pay get eaten up by fees for critical public services. That bite will get bigger with the looming budget cuts.

Giving Away the Golden Egg

Alberta’s Tax Giveaway and the Need for Reform

Alberta could move from deficit into surplus simply by abandoning the “flat tax” which has been a massive giveaway, especially to the wealthy. Making the tax system more progressive would also stimulate the economy, creating and protecting jobs for working Albertans.

Private Gain or Public Interest

Reforming Canada's Oil and Gas Industry

This paper is aimed at promoting a discussion of the oil and gas industry in Canada, and specifically the prospect of transforming its mandate to one aimed at serving the public interest.

Breaking the Myth

Alberta Spending is Mediocre at Best

Now that that boom has collapsed, comments to the effect that the Alberta government has been a big spender, is overspending and has lots of fat to cut from its programs are common. This report illustrates that the Alberta government is not the highest per capita spender in Canada.

The Northwest Territories 2010-2011 Budget

An Opportunity for Today and the Future

The NWT Government has recognized the seriousness of the recession, calling it an "unprecedented economic turmoil" that is "likely to last into 2010 and possibly longer." But the budget is largely business-as-usual.

Crisis? What Crisis?

Public Health Care and Affordability in Alberta

The government of Alberta has consistently used inaccurate or incomplete numbers to undermine public confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report exposes the false economies used to create a sense of crisis. It illustrates the clear trends in health care spending.

Breaking The Cycle

Stimulus with Responsibility, Stewardship and Sustainability

With the global recession and oil prices in a slump, Alberta’s 2009 budget will be a critical one for the province and the country. This report lays out a framework for Alberta’s government to diminish recessionary effects, improve social services, renew and expand infrastructure, and improve redistribution systems.

A Fair Price

Taxation, Services and Programs in the Northwest Territories

The Government of the Northwest Territories has commenced a public consultation on raising its revenues to address a projected budget shortfall. This report discusses the government's two consultation documents: the Revenue Options Paper and the Revenue Options Summary. It then examines the tax proposals discussed in those documents.

Sustainable Healthcare for Seniors

Keeping it Public

The Alberta government has consistently used the threat of the aging baby boomers to undermine confidence in the sustainability of public healthcare. This report evaluates the real situation for seniors healthcare in the province. This report sheds light on sustainability, and considers what will be needed in the next 20 years to maintain seniors' optimum health and wellbeing.

Over a Barrel

Exiting from NAFTA's Proportionality Clause

The report describes how NAFTA limits Canada's options for managing its energy future and recommends options for regaining Canadian energy security and sovereignty.

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