The Equalization Program Lightning Rod

You, telling me the things you’re gonna do for meI ain’t blind and I don’t like what I think I see. The Doobie Brothers Taking it to the Streets The Alberta government has announced the wording for the referendum on the federal Equalization Program.  The wording is “Should Section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 — Parliament […]

The Going Away Party

You got your dead skunk in the middle of the road and he is stinking to high heaven – Loudon Wainwright III  As the pandemic wears on, support for political leaders is eroding.  At first Canadians ‘rallied around the flag’ to support the leaders who were trying to cope with an unprecedented health emergency. But after the second […]

Don’t Savage the Foothills

Government is placing a strong focus on creating the necessary conditions for the growth of export coal production.  May 15th, 2020 Alberta Energy The United Conservative Party’s (UCP) economic vision is largely predicated on resource extraction And that myopia in the vision led them to stumble into a public quagmire by quietly removing long standing […]

Bedroom Slippers

A couple of weeks ago the Alberta Finance Minister bought new cowboy boots to keep up the tradition of new shoes on budget day.  But he could have purchased bedroom slippers for the occasion!  The budget puts much of government on a holding pattern for the year. Except for aggressive reductions to post-secondary education and a push […]

Alberta Budget 2021: Looking for signals

While the public sector plays a key role in delivering public services, it does not create jobs or generate wealth.  Travis Toews, articulating the UCP mindset In February 2020, the Government of Alberta’s strategic plan had 3 main priorities.  The plan said it would: Create jobs and prosperity through low taxes and reducing regulation. Make life […]

Strip Mining the Eastern Slopes

…more scars upon the land.  John Denver Rocky Mountain High NOTE THE ALBERTA GOVERNMENT RESTORED THE COAL DEVELOPMENT POLICY MONDAY FEBRUARY 8TH 2021 The UCP government is encouraging coal strip mining on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains.  They found willing partners in Australian mining companies.  These companies acquired leases in the eastern slopes of the Rockies […]