Same old, same old – Updates on previous posts

It don’t matter where you’ve been, the people try to do you in  -The Black Keys

Beer Battles – Finance Minister Ceci decided to appeal the Agreement on Internal Trade ruling that the subsidy to Alberta’s small breweries violated the agreement. In his press release, he found time to take a swipe at the opposition for supporting free trade.

Fentanyl the Other Wildfire – 119 people died of fentanyl overdoses between April 1 to June 30. This brings the total to 232 so far this year (180 days). Yeah, that is more than one per day! In the first quarter there were 2,400 emergency room visits related to overdoses.

NAFTA This Could Get Ugly – In Arizona at his latest rally President Trump took on NAFTA negotiations. He said: “Personally, I don’t think we can make a deal, because we have been so badly taken advantage of. They have made such great deals – both of the countries, but in particular Mexico – that I don’t think we can make a deal. So I think we’ll end up probably terminating NAFTA at some point.” The response from Mexico and Canada – “MEH – back to the negotiating table”

Rough and Tumble Alberta’s 2017 Update – The Finance Minister revealed results of government spending and revenue for the first quarter (April 1 – June 30). The bad news first! The original budget’s forecast for oil revenue and income tax appear to be too optimistic. But other sources of revenue were a bit higher. On the expenditure side, some“savings” are found through lower program costs. To make the numbers work the Finance Minister committed 50% of a “contingency fund” (which is like moving cash from your wallet to your front pants pocket. All in, we will still be spending $54.5 billion and taking in $44.0 billion.

If you have read this far you need to be rewarded with some good news! The economy will grow this year by maybe 3% and 17,000 (mostly full-time) jobs have been created.

Enbridge Line 3 – Minnesota’s Department of Commerce has released their final environmental impact statement for Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project. This is for part of the US portion of the line. After a comment period government will render a decision. There are five potential routes. The indigenous and environmental lobbies oppose all 5 routes.