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 […]

Ten Pounds of Poop

New Year’s Day 2021 was a tough day for Premier Kenney.  Over the Christmas break a number of his Cabinet, MLAs and political staff, used the time off to jet off for warm holidays.  All the while Government instituted a significant lockdown of businesses and public and family gatherings due to the pandemic.   As news of these […]

A Fairly Interesting Report

“The grievances, the inequities, the discontent, the so-called alienation, are real. In Western Canada the problems have been growing steadily for some considerable length of time. This goes back through a succession of governments involving different political stripes.”  Otto Lang 1974 House of Commons In November, the election of a minority Liberal government (without representation […]

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 […]

Canada’s Brat or Economic Engine

It is about 150 days since the federal election that demonstrated that Western Canada’s resource sectors mattered far less than climate change and mudslinging politics. Immediately after the election, frustration and resentment in Saskatchewan and Alberta boiled over and fresh calls for ‘fair treatment’…. or else…. ‘Wexit’! (western separatism) might become much more fashionable. Alberta’s […]

A Fairly Complex Deal

In a tub-thumping speech to Alberta’s conservative elite in November, Premier Kenney announced a Fair Deal Panel to examine ways to strengthen Alberta’s position in Canada.  But there is a significant challenge with the ideas the Panel will examine: None have a direct bearing on the root causes of frustration on the prairies. And some […]