Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creep

The government must follow through on its promise to re-index the tax system to inflation

Albertans’ double burden: inflation plus bracket creepIt’s been three years since the Alberta government implemented a “temporary” pause to the indexation of non-refundable income tax credits and tax bracket thresholds – a policy that has resulted in nearly $647 million in additional taxes being paid by Albertans between 2020 and 2022, according to a recent report by the University of Calgary’s…

Kenney’s last job for taxpayers: end bracket creep

Will cost each Albertan between $105 and $331, depending on income, by the end of the year

Kenney’s last job for taxpayers: end bracket creepAs Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gets ready to step away from the premier’s office, he should go out the way he came in: sticking up for taxpayers. To do that, Kenney needs to wash away the unsightly blemish on his tax-fighting record: bracket creep. Kenney started his career roughly three decades ago as the Canadian…

What Alberta conservatives may not learn from Ford

Looking to Ontario for clues on how to turn its fortunes around fraught with uncertainties

What Alberta conservatives may not learn from FordImagine a provincial premier who is wildly unpopular with voters. An election is still some time away, but pundits are already speculating the incumbent conservative party could suffer a bloodbath. As the conservative government lunges from one fumble to the next, their leader just can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth. The NDP opposition…

What does Kenney’s fall from grace mean for the conservative movement?

Conservative activists set impossible standards for politicians and abandon them when they're not met

What does Kenney’s fall from grace mean for the conservative movement?For more than three decades, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been one of the leading political figures in Canada’s conservative movement. The 53-year-old headed the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in the 1990s and has been a strong advocate for low taxes, limited government and fiscal responsibility ever since. He served as a Reform Party, Canadian Alliance…

Why cutting Alberta’s gas tax doesn’t offer real relief

Focus on sustainable solutions rather than on short-term ones with strings-attached

Why cutting Alberta’s gas tax doesn’t offer real reliefThe Alberta government stopped collecting its fuel tax at the beginning of April in an effort to provide “real relief” to Albertans impacted by rising fuel and inflationary costs. The tax cut saves motorists up to 13 cents per litre on gasoline and diesel but reduces the provincial revenues by approximately $1.3 billion (nearly three per…

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?

Alberta needs to seize this opportunity; as history has shown, it may not last

Will Kenney repeat Klein’s debt repayment?Under the backdrop of rising provincial oil revenues, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s speech to the Alberta Municipal Leaders caucus in March and the debate around it mark the start of what will be the dominating discussion in provincial politics from now until the election. The question is, what do we do with this new revenue?…

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax relief

Enough with the political excuses and inaction

Record high gas prices in Alberta signal need for carbon tax reliefIf you’ve had to drive your kids to hockey, go grocery shopping or commute to work, you’ve likely cursed every time you saw the price at the pump. Gas prices have now reached a high of over $1.50 per litre. That’s the highest level since Statistics Canada started tracking this data in 1990. Higher gas…

Alberta taxpayers getting nickel and dimed in 2022

Bit by bit, politicians will be taking more money from your family this year

Alberta taxpayers getting nickel and dimed in 2022Another year and another New Year’s dominated by COVID-19. Restrictions on hockey games, travel and even community gatherings lead the news. While that diverts our attention, politicians are nickel and diming us with higher taxes. In 2022, we’ll pay higher income taxes, carbon taxes, property taxes and even higher taxes for a bottle of booze.…

Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts eroding

Without that trust, public officials lose their social licence to govern

Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts erodingThe heartbreaking death of Nathanael Spitzer, the cancer-stricken boy from Ponoka, exposed a most callous streak in Alberta’s medical bureaucracy. There’s no forgiving how Alberta Health Services appallingly used a child’s death to promote yet more COVID-19 fear. However, one should dismiss the promise from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Deena Hinshaw, to process…

Made-in-Alberta vaccine and drug development pipeline gets funding

Alberta invests $55.1M to taking vaccines, antiviral drugs from discovery to manufacturing

Made-in-Alberta vaccine and drug development pipeline gets fundingAlberta is building a better pipeline, but this one’s not for oil and gas products – it’s for vaccines and therapeutic drugs to fight viral diseases. The province announced a $55.1-million grant on Wednesday for University of Alberta research on ways to prevent and treat COVID-19, including $15 million for vaccine projects and $10 million for studies…
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