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Prentice chooses Getty philosophy over Klein way

March 30, 2015 | By | Reply More
Prentice chooses Getty philosophy over Klein way

Prentice further erodes Alberta Advantage By Charles Lammam and Milagros Palacios With tumbling oil prices and resource revenues, Premier Jim Prentice had a choice when he delivered Alberta’s 2015 budget. He could emulate former premier Don Getty and raise taxes or follow the Ralph Klein playbook and reduce spending. Prentice chose Getty, and in the process, […]

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Oil, no matter the price, is never cheap

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Oil, no matter the price, is never cheap

Oil, from an environmental perspective, has never been cheap. By Ray Grigg for Troy Media Hell’s Gate is a much more interesting way of thinking about oil than price. But value depends on what is meant by “price”. Since most people will think of dollar value, and this is the current subject of interest, cheap […]

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Alberta budget abuses the disadvantaged

March 29, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta budget abuses the disadvantaged

Measured against Green Party principles, the Alberta budget comes up short By Janet Keeping for Troy Media The Green Party of Alberta bases its approach to politics on basic principles, such as sustainability, social justice, ecological wisdom, respect for diversity and sincere democracy. Measured against tenets such as these, the 2015 Alberta budget is both […]

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High Translink wages leaves less for expansion, services

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
High Translink wages leaves less for expansion, services

Translink vote in Metro Vancouver this spring By Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre for Troy Media Over the next two months, Metro Vancouver residents will decide whether they want to pay $250 million more in sales tax each year to help fund a $7.5 billion capital expansion plan, mainly for public transit. Both the tax hike and transit plan […]

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Cheer up western Canada…prosperity will return

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cheer up western Canada…prosperity will return

If western Canada leaves its advantages intact, history will repeat itself By Mark Milke for Troy Media As everyone from the Manitoba-Ontario border to Tofino knows, the local and provincial economies, which depend on resource extraction, have slowed. So this is a critical time to get some perspective on the past. If governments panic and […]

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Alberta public servants deserve better government to work with

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta public servants deserve better government to work with

We need to honour and respect Alberta public servants By Stephen Murgatroyd for Troy Media Alberta Premier Jim Prentice thinks if he says something often enough then Albertan’s will accept it as a truth. For example, if he says often enough that the biggest problem (other than the so-called deficit problem, which is in fact an […]

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Alberta universities: Government meddling tarnishes reputations

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta universities: Government meddling tarnishes reputations

Alberta universities need long-term, stable funding By Stephen Murgatroyd for Troy Media Two reports, both published in the last few days, should give the Alberta government cause for pause as they think about reducing funding for post-secondary education in the province. The first is the annual rankings of Universities around the world. Canada has just three […]

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Fiscal austerity recipe for economic decimation

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Fiscal austerity recipe for economic decimation

Fiscal austerity measures, if used, must be implemented slowly By Constantine Passaris for Troy Media Provincial governments across Canada are doing a lot of soul searching as they craft their 2015 budgets. There is no denying that these are challenging times for our provinces. They face a clear and present economic danger in the form […]

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Duration of slow economic growth greatly exaggerated

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Duration of slow economic growth greatly exaggerated

Pessimism over slow economic growth an overreaction By Philip Cross for Troy Media The idea that we are trapped in a “new normal” of slow economic growth has gained currency with many analysts. Proponents list a number of factors allegedly restraining the trend of growth, including the lingering impact of the 2008 financial crisis, an […]

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The truth about Jim Prentice: What Albertans need to know

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
The truth about Jim Prentice: What Albertans need to know

Jim Prentice believes he is doing the right thing, but is it right for Alberta? By Stephen Murgatroyd for Troy Media What do we know now about Alberta Premier Jim Prentice? What do his actions, words and behaviour tell us about him? This is what I am observing: He is imperial – he expects his […]

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