The Other Epidemic

By mid November, the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to nearly 450 deaths in Alberta and 10,000 deaths nationwide. Meanwhile just out of sight of most Albertans, the opioid epidemic continues to take its toll.   Since 2016, in Canada, opioid accidental deaths are approaching 20,000.  The Alberta death toll to date is 3,550.  Fentanyl is the main culprit, linked […]

Deja vu – the National Energy Program

October 2020 is the 40th anniversary of Pierre Trudeau’s signature contribution to western alienation.  The budget of 1980 contained the National Energy Program which aimed to redistribute oil wealth from Alberta to the rest of Canada.   The oil boom of the ‘70s was a result of Middle East wars and the emergence of the OPEC cartel that […]

Disability and Cost Cutting

“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” Helen Keller As Alberta’s fiscal situation worsens, the United Conservative Party (UCP) is searching the sofa cushions for loose change.  They have focused on a financial program for the disabled.   There are two welfare programs for people who have disabilities.  One is call ‘Barriers […]

Sadly, the budget glass is half empty

The United Conservative Party won the election with a promise to balance the budget in its first term.  In its first year, government spent about $58 billion and took in $46 billion – not an auspicious start!  Before the pandemic, it laid out a path to balance the budget. It forecast a 2020 deficit of $6.8 […]

Tighten up your chin straps

The Liberal government is preparing a new Speech from the Throne to lay out its go-forward plan. In an effort to “condition” the public a series of statements and leaks ‘on background’ have emerged in the run-up to the Speech.  The Prime Minister has mused about: “A road map for our government in coming years”  […]

Post-Pandemic Pandemonium

Well I lay my head on the railroad track – Waiting on the Double E But the train don’t run by here no more – Poor poor pitiful me. Warren Zevon The pandemic economic shock to the Canadian economy has been traumatic.  Canada’s and Alberta’s fiscal plans are in the ditch.   Previously, the Liberal government was […]