War of the Sock Puppets

Severely Normal Albertans watching baseball’s fall classic on TV were treated to the beginning of the battle of the sock puppets. An annoyingly repetitious advertisement appeared; attacking Rachel Notley, the provincial debt, carbon taxes and Justin Trudeau. It is sponsored by a Political Action Committee (PAC) allied with Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP).  Using […]

Cannabis by the numbers

You know the dealer, the dealer is a man – with the love grass in his hand 1968, Hoyt Axton sung by Steppenwolf So, as you stand in line at your local cannabis outlet (weed store or dealer). Here are a few numbers to mull over. Statistics Canada has been busy trying to estimate the market […]

Mind the Fiscal Gap

The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) looks at future trends of government revenue and the implications of budget decisions.  This office stands in the ‘Crow’s nest’ and watches for rocks and rough water ahead, while the federal Auditor General looks back at the wake of our “Ship of State”.  In a recent report, the PBO estimated […]

Just in time for Thanksgiving – Minimum Wage Increases

“Thanksgiving: Bringing out the best in family dysfunction since 1863.” Unknown Back in 2015, the newly elected NDP government began raising the minimum wage rapidly. When it started, in the midst of a once in a generation recession, Alberta’s rate was the lowest in Canada.  This October 1st, after a series on annual increases – it is the […]