Despite promises of "a path to balance" and "compassionate belt-tightening," and dire warnings of an economic apocalypse, Alberta's Budget 2018 is ... a little bit dull, writes Rebecca Graff-McRae.
Parkland Institute research managers Rebecca Graff-McRae and Ian Hussey respond in this National Observer op-ed to the recent paper on the Alberta budget by Janice MacKinnon and Jack Mintz.
What Census 2016 reveals about income inequality in Alberta
While the data on income from the 2016 census released last week has been presented as a good-news story, a closer look reveals a persistent and troubling degree of income inequality in Alberta.
Is the NDP doing enough for Alberta women?
Parkland Institute researchers Emma Jackson and Ian Hussey look at the Notley government's efforts to address the link between Alberta's resource-revenue-dependent economy and its status as the province with the widest gender pay gap.
With Alberta’s budget only a couple of months off, Parkland Institute director Trevor Harrison looks at the state of the province’s finances using the latest data from RBC Financial. He argues that Alberta faces a fiscal challenge, not a crisis.
Parkland Institute Director Trevor Harrison responds to an August 25, 2016 editorial in the Calgary Herald which accused the Alberta government of "blithely following a path of reckless borrowing."
Discussions about Alberta’s $10 billion deficit and estimated debt of $33 billion by 2018-19 have dominated the media since the introduction of Budget 2016. Parkland Institute Research Managers Ian Hussey and Rebecca Graff-McRae argue that revenue, not debt, is the immediate concern coming out of the budget.
What past recessions indicate about the future
The recent recession has resulted in the highest unemployment rate Alberta has experienced for years. Economics Professor Richard Mueller compares the current jobs picture with past recessions, and finds some reason for optimism about the future.
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.