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Big Companies Use Tax Cut to Automate Away Jobs in the Oil Sands
This report explains how the four biggest oil sands companies received $4.3 billion in tax cuts from the UCP government since 2019 through the so-called “Job Creation Tax Cut,” while at the same time eliminating thousands of employees from their payrolls. The research shows the Big Four used the tax giveaway to increase executives’ pay and boost cash transfers to shareholders, while accelerating automation and cutting jobs.
Innovation Policy and Alberta Universities
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has suggested that the federal government should bail out oil and gas companies in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Saudi-Russian price war. In this blog researcher Ian Hussey explains why that would be a bad idea.
More Production, Less Capital, Fewer Jobs
This op-ed by Corporate Mapping Project researcher David Hughes appeared in the Edmonton Journal on February 20, 2019.
Corporate Restructuring in the Alberta Oil Sands
This op-ed by Corporate Mapping Project researchers Bill Carroll and Jouke Huijzer appeared in Vancouver Province on October 21, 2018.
Mapping the Network of Ownership & Control
September 30, 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the first large oil sands mine and processing plant in Alberta. Parkland Institute research manager Ian Hussey suggests five things to consider as we mark the anniversary.
Internationals pull out, domestic majors double down
Far from being a response to the Alberta NDP's climate policies, the recent moves by Shell and ConocoPhillips to pull back from the oil sands are part of an ongoing restructuring of the oil industry, both here in Canada and at a global level.