Alberta from Mars – Canada from Venus

“Oil is dead,” pronounced Green Party Leader Elizabeth May. “Oil is never coming back,” says Bloc Leader Yves-François Blanchet.  Their extremist statements are wrong and misinformed. But they demonstrate how the anti-energy narrative plays in parts of Canada.  It seems many Canadians have come to loathe the oilsands!  Over the past 5 years, the unrelenting war by the […]

The Carbon ‘Sin Tax’

Solar power is the last energy resource that isn’t owned yet–nobody taxes the sun yet.” Bonnie Raitt The conventional wisdom about so-called ‘sin taxes’ is that governments increase them to collect cash and discourage ‘sinning’, for example, alcohol and cigarettes. The logic of taxing carbon as a means of raising revenue and creating a disincentive […]

Bleak Friday – Tougher Monday

Severely normal Albertans should be a bit wary of government press releases on Fridays.  Governments usually make announcements of things they are less proud of on Fridays.  The hope is that any bad news will receive less coverage on the weekend.  Those announcements are called “taking out the trash”. In Canada’s climate change world, it is the energy […]

A Provincial Sales Tax – If not now – When?

Spoiler Alert: This blog post draws the inevitable conclusion that Alberta must adopt a provincial sales tax.  If you can’t stand hearing that… read no further. The Alberta government’s fiscal focus has been almost exclusively on deficit reduction.  The thesis was that Alberta has an expenditure problem.  The pitch said that if Alberta’s health and social expenditures mirrored […]

Resetting the Alberta Economy

The Alberta economy is in bad shape. Wave after wave of bad news has put the province in very deep trouble. The recession of 2015-16 dealt a serious blow to the economy and government’s fiscal situation. The recovery has been slow and tenuous. The federal government’s four-year assault on the energy industry in the name […]

Alberta’s Right-turn Signal is Blinking

Alberta’s United Conservative Party (UCP) swept into power in April 2019.  Alberta has 3 million voters. 1 million voted for the UCP, about 55% of all voters.  That resulted in 63 seats for the UCP and 24 for the New Democrats.   With a strong majority, the UCP set out to implement its campaign promises.   A combative stance […]