Alberta Government

Increase Supply to Make Housing More Affordable

Mark Milke | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

When I first came to Alberta a quarter-century ago, vacancy rates in Calgary and Edmonton exceeded 10 per cent. In Edmonton, where I lived in 1988, landlords often gave one month free on an already cheap 12-month lease. Sometimes utilities and cable were included.

Has Alberta Turned A Financial Corner?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says rising energy prices and a stronger than expected economy means the province will have to borrow almost $3 bill...

Alberta Tightens Use Of Government Planes After Redford Scandal

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is tightening rules for government aircraft following a harsh report that outlined inappropriate use of the planes b...

How Alberta Blew Through an Extra $41 Billion

Mark Milke | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Governments, like families, have choices. And governments, as with families, sometimes make picks that close off other options. Spend a lot of money on having dinner out every night and that might foreclose the purchase of a nicer automobile.

Bread, Circuses and the Great Alberta Licence Plate Debate

Susan Wright | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Alberta
Susan Wright

Mr Hancock's attempt at "bread and circuses" backfired because it showed us how petty the PC party really is. However even a backfire is successful if it draws the public's attention away from the critical issues facing the province--mounting debt, no long term energy strategy, inadequate healthcare, education, infrastructure--all of which are the direct result of years of inept PC government.

Will This Be the Thing that Pushes the Alberta Tories Over the Edge?

Greg Clark | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Greg Clark

Recall back in early March, then-Premier Alison Redford asked for an audit of the government's travel and expense policy and the use of government aircraft. The audit is due any time now and I expect it will be a doozy.

So Much For The Tory Salary Freeze..

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.27.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government acknowledged Monday that it broke its promise to freeze salaries for top managers and has instead given them seven p...

Sweet News About Alberta's Financial State

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta has turned the corner following the global economic meltdown of 2008, according to budget numbers released Monday.The final report ...

Lack Of Funding Forces Climate Change Non-Profit To Close

Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Alberta

An Alberta non-profit dedicated to addressing climate change announced Monday that it will be shutting down, two years after the provincial government...

Opaque Budget Represents Failure To Learn From The Past

Sean Speer | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sean Speer

How can regular Albertans hold their government to account and have a debate about priorities and trade-offs when the province's Auditor General can't even determine the true state of the government's finances?

Not Your Mother's Budget Surplus

Mark Milke | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

Beyond higher taxes or more debt, there has always been another option: prudent spending. However, that is something the Alberta government has been less than adept at in some years. For instance, had the province increased program spending after 2005/06 and to 2012/2013 but only in line with inflation and population growth, it would have spent $22 billion less compared to what it actually sent out the door.

Don't Let Mythical Thinking on Taxes Mess Up Alberta

Mark Milke | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

As Albertans approach another provincial budget, the usual fables about Alberta's finances often crop up. To inoculate ourselves in advance, let's ponder two myths. Myth number one: "Alberta's wealth is a result of luck." This tall tale assumes that the existence of natural resources automatically results in wealth creation, jobs, and a higher standard of living. That's hardly the case. Plenty of jurisdictions have little in the way of natural resources but prosper, while others have plentiful natural resources yet flounder. Let's investigate myth number two: "Alberta is undertaxed."

How Much Do Govt. Employees Make? The Sunshine List Will Tell You..

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The man who suffered a stunning defeat to Alison Redford for the premiership of Alberta is now earning well over $300,000 as the provincial...

Major Cabinet Shuffle

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford shuffled more than half the ministers in her cabinet Friday, promoting rising stars Manmeet Bhullar and Robi...

Big Oil Just Can't Take a (Tar Sands) Joke

Steve Horn | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Business
Steve Horn

Two political satirists, in the spotlight for their ongoing spoofery of the Alberta tar sands project, had the Indiegogo fundraising promotional video for their upcoming "vacation" to the Alberta tar sands ordered removed from YouTube after Alberta's tourism bureau alleged a copyright violation. Is Big Oil to blame?

Alberta Energy Regulator Gerry Protti is the Oil Patch Lobby's Golden Goose

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.07.2013 | Canada Alberta
Kevin Grandia

Gerry Protti, Alberta's new overseer of environment and safety in the province's oilpatch, has been central to a network of oil industry front groups and lobbyists for many years and it is raising the eyebrows of more than a few people. Protti was recently named as the new head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a new provincial agency whose mandate, is "...to provide for the efficient, safe, orderly and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta."

Lax Heritage Fund Rules Allow Governments to Plunder Alberta's Future

Jason Clemens | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Alberta
Jason Clemens

There is little doubt of the severity of the financial difficulties facing Alberta. In many ways it's the late 1980s all over again. Alberta has again squandered a period of pronounced prosperity and ended up with unsustainable deficits, the likelihood of mounting debt, and no savings.

The Big Pay Advantage In Alberta's Big Government

Mark Milke | Posted 03.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

When Alberta Premier Alison Redford took to the television screen the other night, she paid much attention to the revenue side of the government's books. On Alberta's massive budget deficit, the premier blamed the below-world price that Alberta-based companies receive for oil. Nothing was whispered about past sweetheart deals with public sector unions.

Alberta Tables New Legislation To Protect Whistleblowers

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta government workers, teachers, doctors, and nurses are among thousands who will soon be able to flag wrongdoing and be protected fro...

Whistleblower Bill Up For Discussion

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.29.2012 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - The Alberta government is bringing in new whistleblower legislation and critics want to see what safeguards will be in place for those who ...

What We Really Fight About in Fort McMurray

Theresa Wells | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Alberta
Theresa Wells

Sometimes reading the national press makes me giggle. From those news stories one would get the impression the residents of my community fight about things like lack of parking, high rental costs, and our shortage of women. The funny thing is that we certainly have boomtown issues of just that nature, and other ones, too. But that isn't what gets Fort McMurray residents all hot and bothered. What gets people going here are issues that arise over where this community is headed - and one of those issues raised it's head recently over a little body of water in downtown Fort McMurray, a body of water called the Snye.

Keeping Tabs On The Tab: Alberta Govt. Expenses Will Now Go Online

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2012 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Premier Alison Redford says Alberta's new method of reporting travel and expense claims will make it easy for the public to keep an eye on h...

Burying Albertans On The Cheap?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.14.2012 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it is reviewing its policies after funeral home operators accused it of conducting burials for those in care ch...

Scalding Death Of Calgary Man Sparks Provincial Probe

CP | Bob Weber, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2012 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON - The Alberta government says it is investigating what led to a person in provincial care dying after being scalded in bath water.The investi...

Arson Behind Slave Lake Disaster

CP | Posted 01.01.2012 | Canada

EDMONTON - Dwayne Verschoor can't imagine why someone would have wanted to spark a forest fire that nearly wiped out his small Alberta town. But th...