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Alberta budget dings taxpayers with $11.4B in extra taxes

March 28, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta budget dings taxpayers with $11.4B in extra taxes

Alberta budget – chance to ‘fix’ province’s finances didn’t happen By Mark Milke Alberta Premier Jim Prentice dropped hints for months that the 2015 provincial budget was a once-in-a-generation chance to “fix” Alberta’s finances. That didn’t happen. Instead, the province raised taxes on Albertans in a manner akin to the worst of the late-1980s budgets. […]

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Lawyer seeks court order to prevent early Alberta election call

March 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Lawyer seeks court order to prevent early Alberta election call

Prentice has not ruled out an early Alberta election An Edmonton lawyer is seeking a court order to prevent Alberta Premier Jim Prentice from calling an early provincial election. Tom Engel wants a judge to declare that the next vote must be held between March 1, 2016, and May 31, 2016, four years after the […]

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Alberta budget: $5B deficit, end of flat tax, health levy

March 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta budget:  $5B deficit, end of flat tax, health levy

Increase in gasoline tax, sin taxes, fees in this year’s Alberta budget Albertans will pay more to get married, go camping, have a drink, go for a drive or do pretty much anything else as the province fights to get out from under the collapse in oil prices. The 2015-16 budget tabled Thursday increases taxes […]

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Prentice speech: Health care levy, steady gov’t expenditures

March 25, 2015 | By | Reply More
Prentice speech: Health care levy, steady gov’t expenditures

Rachel Notley rebuttal to Prentice speech, levy: “Nothing more than a waiting room tax” Premier Jim Prentice says Albertans will face a new health-care levy to help fill a multibillion-dollar revenue hole in the provincial budget. Prentice made the announcement in a province-wide TV address just two days before Thursday’s budget. “We will be asking […]

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Alberta Tory withdraws candidacy while allegations investigated

March 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta Tory withdraws candidacy while allegations investigated

Alberta Tory Naresh Bhardwaj steps away from candidacy A former associate cabinet minister who faced allegations of bribery and tampering in a heated nomination race has withdrawn his candidacy for Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party. Naresh Bhardwaj says he made the decision with regret, but adds he doesn’t want the situation to be a distraction for […]

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Jim Prentice new driver of same ol’ clunker

March 22, 2015 | By | Reply More
Jim Prentice new driver of same ol’ clunker

Old PC oligarchs calling the shots from the back seat of Prentice-led machine By Barry Cooper for Troy Media As Alberta Premier Jim Prentice gets ready to call an election, let’s take a look at the Progressive Conservative long-term strategy. The most important component of that strategy concerns voter support. After the 2008 election and […]

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NDP ask Edmonton police to investigate Tory bribery allegations

March 19, 2015 | By | Reply More
NDP ask Edmonton police to investigate Tory bribery allegations

Tory bribery allegations against Naresh Bhardwaj Alberta’s opposition NDP has asked Edmonton police to look into allegations of bribery involving one of the legislature’s government members. NDP member Brian Mason says he had hoped Premier Jim Prentice would take the action on his own, but says that doesn’t seem likely. The Tory bribery allegations surround […]

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Prentice softens tone on upcoming Alberta budget

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Prentice softens tone on upcoming Alberta budget

Alberta budget to include school, hospitals and road construction With a week to go before the Alberta budget, and with a possible election coming soon after that, Premier Jim Prentice softened Wednesday his hardline vow to impose deep spending cuts across government. “Some people would have us just slash and burn our way to prosperity […]

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Alberta Health moving back to decentralized system

March 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Alberta Health moving back to decentralized system

Alberta Health to establish eight to 10 health districts Seven years after the province abandoned regional hospital districts and centralized Alberta health care, it is now moving back towards decentralization. Alberta Health Minister Stephen Mandel says the province will establish eight to 10 health districts by the summer to give regions a stronger role in […]

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Police should be called in on Tory bribery allegations: NDP

March 17, 2015 | By | Reply More
Police should be called in on Tory bribery allegations: NDP

Tory bribery scandal in Edmonton-Ellerslie riding Alberta’s opposition NDP is calling on Premier Jim Prentice to make sure there is no criminal wrongdoing in the case of a caucus member accused of bribery in a heated nomination battle. NDP critic Brian Mason says as the highest public official in Alberta and someone with knowledge of […]

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