The NDP government unveiled its budget on Thursday. The conservatives reacted as if the government dropped a neutron bomb on the people. Wildrose leader Brian Jean worried that parents driving their kids to hockey practice would end up in the … Continue reading → . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: Notley’s Budget: Myths and Facts
PHOTOS: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci addresses the media during a lockup early yesterday afternoon in Edmonton before reading the 2016 Budget Speech to the Legislature. Below: CFIB Alberta spokesperson Richard Truscott, Edmonton-Centre MLA David S… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: If you were secretly relieved by yesterday’s NDP Alberta budget, you weren’t alone …
Well, anybody could have called this one.
According to a new survey by Insights West, 53 per cent of residents plan to vote No in the upcoming 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. Only 38 per cent say they will vote Yes to the proposed half-percentage-point sales tax increase to help fund more buses, . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: The Case for ‘Yes’ in Metro Vancouver’s Transit Referendum
By Emily Griffiths
The Transit referendum “Yes” campaign has been asserting itself all over Facebook, Twitter, neighbourhood news boxes, and I can’t help but ask myself, Since when is increasing a flat tax a leftist thing to do?
Oh! The word “transit” has been attached to the newest proposed consumer flat tax . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: The So-Called Transit Referendum: Don’t Be Duped!
Alberta Premier Jim Prentice recently committed heresy. Faced with plummeting oil prices and the possibility of a $500-million deficit, the premier actually encouraged discussion about adopting a sales tax.
“I don’t think Albertans generally advocate a sales tax,” he said, “but I’m prepared to be educated and to hear from people.” And he’s not alone. . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A sales tax for Alberta?
So, according to Premier Prentice, the downturn in oil prices is going to create an $11 Billion hole in provincial revenues, and is now talking about putting the brakes on all kinds of infrastructure spending, including a new cancer hospital in Calgary.
Okay, that’s a significant chunk of change. Let’s talk about this for a . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: A Little Heresy – Alberta Style
Ever since I was a child growing up, Alberta has made a big deal about how we don’t have a sales tax. Back in the day, when resource revenues were perhaps more predictable because the markets didn’t move as fast as they do now, perhaps that was a good thing.
I had started to advocate . . . → Read More: The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Alberta’s Sales Tax Phobia
According to every poll and every projection by every firm and every commentator, Christy Clark and her Liberal Party are about to be handed an unbalanced ass-whooping of the sort we British Columbians seem to enjoy dishing out to governing parties once every decade or so. Naturally, when this happens, I will be singing . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Cleaning Up Gordon Campbell’s Mess
If we as a planet are going to avoid passing over the two-degree threshold of runaway climate change, we are going to have to start rationing greenhouse gas emissions. Efficiency gains in transportation will inevitably need to be part of that project. Put another way, emissions per person per kilometre will have to diminish, which . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: Carrots and Sticks: How to Fund Public Transit