Are you better off today?

‘It might be well if you would ask yourself, are you better off than you were four years ago?‘ Ronald Reagan 1980, Jason Kenney 2019 The United Conservative Party’s (UCP) campaign document of a year ago hasn’t aged well.  The document made the case that the NDP government had failed at growing the economy, dealing with […]

Spinning Wheel – the Alberta Budget 2019

What goes up must come down – Spinnin’ wheel got to go ’round                                  David Clayton-Thomas The Alberta United Conservative Party (UCP) defeated the New Democrats (ND) using the narrative that the NDs were spendthrifts.   The UCP promised to issue a budget in mid-October. In preparation for the budget, it established a panel of experts to examine […]

Back to School

The Alberta United Conservative Party (UCP) government has received a report from a panel of experts looking at the expenditure side of the Alberta budget.  The parameters of the report were to lay out a path to balance the budget within a couple of years.  No small feat since the 2018-19 deficit was $6.7 billion. The panel […]

Right U-turns and Filibusters

The Alberta Legislature finished its first session with the United Conservative Party (UCP) at the helm.  The UCP dubbed the session the “summer of repeal” as they began to replace some of the previous government’s left leaning legislation with some right-leaning legislation more to their liking.  In the interests of decorum, they banned ‘desk thumping’ but […]

What, Me Worry?

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a huge wake-up call to the world last October.  Current human activity has caused an increase of 1 deg C (over pre-industrial levels). They raised the alarm of genuinely catastrophic change to the environment and humankind if the world temperature rises 2 deg C. They urged […]