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PHOTOS: Tory Dream Team, 2014 edition. From left to right, Jim Prentice, Ric McIver and Thomas Lukaszuk. You’ve got to admit, from the perspective of 2016, Mr. Lukaszuk is lookin’ pretty good, and not just because of the orange tie! Below: Extreme social conservative Craig Chandler, Mr. Chandler’s offending Facebook remark (clip created by Ed …
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.
The Liberals promised to “fulfill Canada’s G20 commitment to phase out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry,” in their election platform. The party singled out the Canadian Exploration Expenses tax deduction as too generous to industry, saying the tax break should only kick in if companies are completely unsuccessful in their resource exploration. “The saving will be redirected to investments in new and clean technologies,” the party platform says. But the Canadian Exploration Expenses tax deduction isn’t the only place where companies can take advantage of a generous subsidy system. So were else is the money coming from and going to?
The Edmonton Public School Board of Trustees will send a letter to Education Minister David Eggen urging him to phase out the public subsidy to private schools and reinvest the money in public education.
According to the Department Head of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Calgary, the maternity ward at the South Health Campus is much smaller than the wards at Calgary's three other adult hospitals. "The reality is that it is only half the size it was planned to be," said Dr. Doug Wilson "We had hoped to have a whole new women's health centre with 5,000 deliveries."
Jody MacPherson's insight:
Operating costs for the Calgary South Hospital were never properly accounted for in budgets prepared by the previous PC government. It's a real mess inherited by the NDP and another example of a lack of fiscal responsibility demonstrated by the conservatives while they were in power.
Concern from some residents of Kananaskis Country, over land they say needs to be protected.
Jody MacPherson's insight:
“If you pour water on your table it would simply run off, it wouldn’t be absorbed by the wood on the table. The land does the same thing, once it hardens it simply allows the water to run off very quickly,” said rally organizer Hugh Pepper.
The Alberta government titled its 2016 budget “The Alberta Jobs Plan” but there’s one group in the province that’s disappointed it will not see its jobs proposal funded. The reclamation and clean-up of abandoned oil sites was proposed as a potential job creator by the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC). With over 37,000 orphaned and inactive wells across the province and thousands of unemployed, highly-skilled workers, PSAC said the provincial government should dedicated funds to well clean-up and reclamation.
PHOTOS: Interim Alberta Tory Leader Ric McIver and another PC are ejected from the Legislature yesterday by the Sergeant at Arms. Actual Alberta MLAs may not appear exactly as illustrated. Below: The Real Ric McIver and Edmonton Public School Board Chairperson Michael Janz. Has Progressive Conservative Party interim Leader Ric McIver’s motion demanding the Alberta …
PHOTOS: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation’s misleading “debt clock” trailer back when Alberta’s debt wasn’t $10 billion. Now it isn’t $17 billion. Below: CTF Alberta Director Paige MacPherson, telling Okotoks Online that 44,000 teachers should all be handed a big pay cut (Okotoks Online photo); Parkland Institute Research Manager Ian Hussey and tight-fisted Alberta NDP Finance […] The post Postmedia’s symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination appeared first on Alberta Politics.
Calgary's public school board - facing a funding gap of $13 million to transportation funding - will meet with the public next month over a range of challenges that could mean either cuts to bus service or a hike in fees.
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