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Flood victims in ‘forgotten community’ say they’re being overlooked

Flood victims in ‘forgotten community’ say they’re being overlooked | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Ever since the devastating June flood hit High River, residents of Sunrise have watched the cleanup around them—but they have been overlooked.
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Jim Prentice Budget Speech - now with truthful subtitles. - YouTube

Uh oh. Now we know what Jim Prentice was really thinking. Alberta Budget Speech 2015
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Minister named by two more staffers

Minister named by two more staffers | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Two more legislature staffers are alleging Alberta Infrastructure Minister Manmeet Bhullar approached them to file a freedom of information request.
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"Minister Bhullar approached me privately about FOIPing this particular document last May. He gave me the parameters to FOIP. I refused to do it and I believe this is the same offer he made to multiple others," said the source, who was a senior legislature staff member to an MLA at the time.

 

A second senior legislature staff member recalled an MLA breakfast held by the Association of Alberta Registry Agents at the Royal Glenora Club in November 2013 during which the MLA he was working for was approached by Bhuller. The staffer claims Bhullar mentioned bills submitted by Lukaszuk and Drayton Valley-Devon MLA Diana McQueen.

 

"We were being approached in this situation," said the staffer. "He wanted us to FOIP it but we refused."

 
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Andy Hayher, minister’s friend, resigns from auto-industry watchdog board

Andy Hayher, minister’s friend, resigns from auto-industry watchdog board | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A personal friend and political supporter of former Service Alberta minister Manmeet Bhullar has resigned from the board of the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.
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Annual March madness has government on ‘spending spree’ to drain budget dry, Wildrose says

Annual March madness has government on ‘spending spree’ to drain budget dry, Wildrose says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta government went on a “wild spending spree” last March to run out ministerial budgets in the final days of the fiscal year, documents released Tuesday by the Wildrose Opposition show. Government spending increased dramatically across nearly every ministry in March 2014 with thousands spent on such items as dishware, linens, furniture and park benches, according to the records obtained by the Wildrose through freedom of information legislation.
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Province won't halt $8 million in payments to golf course operator

Province won't halt $8 million in payments to golf course operator | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
While an estimated $18 million in repairs at a government-owned golf course in Kananaskis are on hold, the terms of a secret deal require taxpayers to keep paying the private operator for lost reve...
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But Fawcett’s press secretary revealed Monday the current version of the deal — negotiated after the floods and prior to last July’s rebuilding announcement — commits the province to paying the company for maintenance, utilities and a portion of its losses until the course reopens.

 

Archival documents obtained by the Herald show that when an operator for the new course was being selected in 1982, Kan-Alta failed to make the short list of qualified applicants.

 

The records show the firm was later selected over a competing Calgary consortium, even though its request for concessions by the government made its bid financially inferior.

 

The province’s payment ledgers reveal the company — owned by Progressive Conservative insiders who had close ties to former Premier Don Getty when the first lease was inked in the early 1980s — has already been given more than $5.4 million from government coffers since the 2013 flood destroyed all but four holes on the world-renowned course.

 
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Hundreds trapped in hospital beds waiting for long term care :: News Releases :: Alberta's New Democrats

Hundreds trapped in hospital beds waiting for long term care :: News Releases :: Alberta's New Democrats | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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What steps is the Government taking to fix the gender wage gap? March 15 2015 - YouTube

Why does income inequality continue in Alberta?
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None, apparently, since neither minister seems to even be familiar with what pay equity means...judging by their non-answers and comments when asked this question by Laurie Blakeman.

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HSAA issues warning: If Prentice cuts spending, don't get sick | HSAA

HSAA issues warning: If Prentice cuts spending, don't get sick | HSAA | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
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"We are supposed to have 90 per cent of patients being seen, assessed, treated, stabilized and admitted within eight hours. Last week, the highest rate we have achieved was 42 per cent at Calgary's Alberta Children's Hospital. The lowest was a shocking 11 per cent at Edmonton's Grey Nuns Hospital," she says.

 

A similar picture is painted by the statistics about patients being seen, assessed, treated and discharged from emergency departments. The target is for 90 per cent of these patients to be discharged within four hours. None of the hospitals met the 2013 or 2015 targets.

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Prentice to revoke restrictive labour legislation Bill 45

Prentice to revoke restrictive labour legislation Bill 45 | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Jim Prentice assured public sector union leaders Thursday he will not attempt to roll back wages and promised to revoke a controversial bill that restricted union activity and imposed prohibitive fines for illegal strikes.
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Never should have been passed in the first place. This government is dazed and confused.

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Alberta Health Minister Mandel's take on mandatory vaccinations proves this guy needs a newspaper subscription

Alberta Health Minister Mandel's take on mandatory vaccinations proves this guy needs a newspaper subscription | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Can we get the senior ranks of the
Alberta Progressive Conservative Party
to quit acting like it’s their first day
on the job?
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Yedlin: Bank says taxes must play a role in solving Alberta's budget problem

Yedlin: Bank says taxes must play a role in solving Alberta's budget problem | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A TD Bank report outlining options for Alberta’s provincial budget — published one week before it's to be brought down by the government — gives further heft to the voices increasingly calling for ...
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"...in recent years there is a growing body of research that shows the progressivity of the tax system does matter,” said Derek Burleton, vice-president and deputy chief economist at TD Bank.

 

 

“Taxes have to be an important part of the equation. You are not going to close the gaps on the spending side alone,” said Burleton, adding he’s mindful of the political challenges associated with introducing a sales tax.

 

“The Alberta government needs to shift its attention longer term on reducing its reliance on volatile, non-renewable resource revenues as a funding source for operating spending, and in turn, build savings for the future,” the report states.

 

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Alberta’s Left-Wing Parties Need to Get Their Shit Together to Save the Province from Itself | VICE | Canada

Alberta’s Left-Wing Parties Need to Get Their Shit Together to Save the Province from Itself | VICE | Canada | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
If Alberta is ever going to take meaningful action on climate change, the left-wing parties are going to need to co-operate in the next election.
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Jim Prentice’s tepid pre-budget message undermined premier’s case for an early election, but so what?

Jim Prentice’s tepid pre-budget message undermined premier’s case for an early election, but so what? | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Jim Prentice talks to media at the Alberta Legislature yesterday as former premier Ralph Klein looks on from above. Today we learn what’s actually in Mr. Prentice’s budget, which a month ago we were told would be so startling an election mandate would be, uh, mandatory. Below: Finance Minister Robin Campbell. By noticeably dialling down …
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Back on Feb. 27, Mr. Prentice said the provincial budget Finance Minister Robin Campbell would be tabling today would be so radical and far-reaching Albertans would simplydemand the opportunity for an election in which they could endorse or reject it.

 

“This will be the most significant budget in modern times in the province,” he told the audience of a talk radio program in Calgary. “It will have impacts … on every single person in the province.”

“I promise you it will take about 20 minutes after this budget is put on the table before people say, ‘Well, just a minute here. Did we agree to that? When did we agree to that?’”

 

As a result, Mr. Prentice argued then, “it’s pretty clear in the circumstances that we’re in, that whoever is the premier had better have a mandate. He better have the authority to do what needs to be done.”

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Jim Prentice new driver of same ol’ clunker

Jim Prentice new driver of same ol’ clunker | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Share/Bookmark Jim Prentice new driver of same ol’ clunker FREE to subscribers Contact Barry CALGARY, AB, Mar 21, 2015/ Troy Media/ – As Alberta Premier Jim Prentice gets ready to call an election, let’s take a look at the Progressive Conservative...
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POLL: Prentice's Table Chat & PC Voting Intentions - 1 Alberta Vote

POLL: Prentice's Table Chat & PC Voting Intentions - 1 Alberta Vote | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The PCs are slipping in the polls. The electorate is frustrated & mistrusts the PC government. This will likely inform Prentice's steer the course strategy.
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PC vote shrinks, gains to NDP and Wildrose parties. Liberals stay the same. Majority vote is non-PC's. Even the two conservative parties combined have less than the progressive parties combined. Albertans are not happy with the status quo.

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No tax increases, higher spending coming for Alberta, PC budget promises

No tax increases, higher spending coming for Alberta, PC budget promises | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The Alberta government on Thursday unveiled a pre-election budget that promises no tax increases while spending a record $41.1 billion and recording the fifth consecutive provincial deficit
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FROM THE ARCHIVES

 

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Oil patch workers flood home to Vancouver Island

Oil patch workers flood home to Vancouver Island | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Island Food banks are seeing a surge in demand from an unexpected source right now. Laid off oil patch workers are coming home and needing help to tide them through.
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Study Confirms What Many Have Been Thinking About Alberta Oil Royalties

Study Confirms What Many Have Been Thinking About Alberta Oil Royalties | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
There would be an extra $150 billion in the Heritage Savings Trust Fund if Alberta put aside resource taxes the way Norway does....
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PR firm with close ties to premier lobbies Alberta government, Wildrose charges

PR firm with close ties to premier lobbies Alberta government, Wildrose charges | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Navigator says lobbying the Alberta government is not a conflict despite close ties between its officials and the premier.
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“Why do towns and villages and others have to lobby through the premier’s pet contracting company to get work done?” he asked.


So a municipality, which exists as an entity of the provincial government, has to pay a private company to have their needs considered by the provincial government? And not only that, but the private company is staffed by people (i.e. friends) who used to work closely with cabinet ministers in the same provincial government?


For a water pipeline, no less. Because they are running out of water.

 

Let's consider the ramifications of this.

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Albertans want progressive income tax and fair corporate taxes | Public Interest Alberta

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Alison Redford returns, tells us to look in the mirror for her problems - rabble.ca (blog)

Alison Redford returns, tells us to look in the mirror for her problems - rabble.ca (blog) | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
A Globe and Mail story setting out Alison Redford’s record as seen by Alison Redford had Alberta’s chattering classes abuzz yesterday. Alas, it was not terribly illuminating.
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Alberta government to spend $80,000 to televise Premier’s speech on the economy

Alberta government to spend $80,000 to televise Premier’s speech on the economy | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Premier Jim Prentice will address the province’s shaky financial outlook in a televised speech Tuesday, his office says.
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Um...I guess they have not heard of YouTube? 

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Alberta faces structural deficit even if oil rebounds, TD says

Alberta faces structural deficit even if oil rebounds, TD says | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
The government of Alberta could be facing a long-term deficit situation for reasons beyond the temporary plunge in oil prices, TD Bank said in a report Thursday.
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Even if oil rebounds, the province could still face a structural deficit in the range of $4 billion to $5 billion in a few years, potentially turning it into a have-not province. "Borrowing related to fund[ing] these shortfalls would transform Alberta’s current net asset position into a net debt position by the next fiscal year and rise to as high as seven to eight per cent of GDP by fiscal 2018-19," TD says.

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Thomson: Prentice’s lips move, but words are Redford’s

Thomson: Prentice’s lips move, but words are Redford’s | Politics in Alberta | Scoop.it
Politics is a blood sport, but the blood doesn’t always run hot. Some days it’s as cold as a dinosaur’s heart.
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