Category: Provincial

Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta budget: despite falling oil prices, province in the black

Alberta budget revised, surplus reduced The Alberta budget will stay in the black this year despite plunging oil prices. Finance Minister Robin Campbell says in his second-quarter update that the forecast budget surplus for this fiscal year has been revised downward to $933 million. “We still expect to be in a surplus situation at the end […]

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Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

| November 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Danielle Smith says no more Wildrose defectors

Wildrose leader has checked with remaining 13 members, all on side Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says that after talking to her team she is confident the caucus hemorrhaging has stopped. “There will be no more floor-crossings,” Smith told reporters Wednesday. She also said she is not resigning as leader and that the Opposition Wildrose […]

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Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

| November 24, 2014 | 0 Comments
Two Wildrose members cross the floor, join PCs

Kerry Towle and Ian Donovan leave Wildrose to join Prentice government Alberta’s Official Opposition Wildrose party continued a descent into disarray Monday as two members, including key caucus lieutenant Kerry Towle, bolted to join Premier Jim Prentice. “Two individuals who I have admired from a distance today have joined the Progressive Conservative caucus,” Prentice, flanked […]

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Alberta throne speech: Economic growth, return to ethics and three Rs

| November 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
Alberta throne speech: Economic growth, return to ethics and three Rs

Cleaning up oilsands tailings ponds part of Alberta throne speech Premier Jim Prentice’s government promised Monday to move Alberta to a more prosperous, responsible economy and back to the basics on ethics and education. “Nine weeks ago we put Alberta under new management,” Lt.-Gov. Don Ethell read in the throne speech to open a new […]

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Goverment overpaying for labour must end – Canadian Taxpayers Federation

| July 31, 2013 | 1 Comment
Goverment overpaying for labour must end – Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Taxpayers footing bill for overpaid public employees By Jordan Bateman, British Columbia Director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation Taxpayers and watchdogs often focus their attention on the top of the government salary spectrum. Government executives are increasingly overpaid, especially at the municipal and regional district level. And the problem is growing. For example, the District of North […]

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A Detroit-style bankruptcy can happen to Canadian provinces, too

| July 26, 2013 | 1 Comment
A Detroit-style bankruptcy can happen to Canadian provinces, too

Constantly ignoring trends and pushing problems off with deficits does end Detroit — the city that’s returning to prairie grass and wildflowers — hit the end of the road. They’d tried not maintaining civic infrastructure. They’d tried removing services. Still the numbers were inexorable. And now they’re in Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with municipal bondholders and […]

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BCNDP oppose Fraser Health’s wheelchair fees

| June 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
BCNDP oppose Fraser Health’s wheelchair fees

Fraser Health to start charging wheelchair fees in September Fraser Health will be charging a $25 per month wheelchair fee to residents of care facilities effective September 1, 2013. In a letter sent to residents dated May 31, Fraser Health announced that residents will be required buy or rent their own wheelchair from a third […]

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BC Liberal government not writing down key decisions to avoid public scrutiny – BC info boss

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC Liberal government not writing down key decisions to avoid public scrutiny – BC info boss

45 per cent of info requests to BC Liberal government have no paper trail British Columbia’s information watchdog has found the BC Liberal government isn’t documenting some key decisions, allowing it to avoid public scrutiny under freedom of information laws. An investigation by the privacy commissioner has counted fewer records kept by the premier’s office, […]

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BC Liberals ethnic vote scandal costs multiculturalism minister his job

| March 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
BC Liberals ethnic vote scandal costs multiculturalism minister his job

Ethnic vote scandal continuing to plague BC Liberals The BC Liberals have lost their first cabinet minister as a result of the ethnic vote scandal. Premier Christy Clark suggested Monday she could become a victim of collateral damage that is spreading across her BC Liberal government over a leaked document that has already claimed one […]

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Christy Clark still has support of her cabinet after emergency meeting

| March 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Christy Clark still has support of her cabinet after emergency meeting

Leadership questions still swirl around Christy Clark heading into election Premier Christy Clark refused to quit Sunday after emerging from a rare weekend cabinet meeting where some of her ministers described a leaked Liberal strategy to court ethnic voters as disappointing, disturbing and a doozy of a political mistake. Clark said she was going to […]

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