Alberta Government

Alberta Government Releases Sole-Source Contracts To Public

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Alberta

The contracts will be posted to the public online and updated on a quarterly basis.

Alberta Protesters Rally, Demand Budget Within 30 Days

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Alberta

A budget was introduced, but never passed, by Jim Prentice's government before it was defeated by Notley.

Alberta Sales Of This Haven't Been So Bad In 20 Years

CP | Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Alberta

"It's absolutely the worst that we've seen the 21 years that I've been doing this."

Watchdog Finds Wrongdoing From 3 Government Managers

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Alberta

"We were able to confirm the frequency, duration and nature of the manipulations were a clear departure from the approved process and objective of open procurement."

Alberta Government Warns Against Uber

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Alberta

The Alberta government says people are taking a risk if they use ride-sharing services such as Uber.

Alberta Downplays Climate Change Announcement.. But Why?

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Alberta

WINNIPEG - Alberta's new environment minister says the province is still consulting on its climate change strategy, just days before a much-anticipate...

Alberta Legislature To Begin Session Under NDP

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Alberta

Alberta's Opposition Wildrose party is urging Premier Rachel Notley's NDP not launch its new era Monday by spending billions of dollars with little explanation.

Rachel Notley, Alberta NDP Caucus Hold First Meeting

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta's premier-designate Rachel Notley and the rest of her caucus met up Saturday for the first time since their historic election win."...

Alberta Changes Stance On Gay-Straight Alliances In Schools

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Alberta

The alliances are peer-support groups for gay students aimed at making them feel welcome and at helping to prevent them from being bullied.

Alberta Already Tried to Diversify Her Economy -- and Failed

Mark Milke | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mark Milke

With the price of oil plunging to below $50 per barrel and the outlook for Alberta's economy and provincial budget revenues falling in tandem, an oft-heard piece of advice is being recycled: Alberta should diversify its economy.

20 New Year's Resolutions For The Alberta Government In 2015

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Alberta

To say 2014 was a rough year for the Alberta government would be an understatement. It was a year plagued by spending scandals, resignations, and ...

Alberta Tories Have Plan To Straighten Out Mangled Image

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta introduced new rules Monday to help clean up government, but opponents say the real test is whether Premier Jim Prentice's team wil...

Increase Supply to Make Housing More Affordable

Mark Milke | Posted 01.19.2015 | 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...