Can Wildrose remove its thorns?

With the Alberta Tories proving so many pollsters and pundits wrong after their convincing win last night, one might be forgiven for writing off the ultra-conservative Wildrose Party as an otherwise historic footnote in the annals of Alberta’s Tory dynasty. That, I argue, would be a mistake. First, let’s look…
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Brad Wall’s Wonderful World of Laissez-Faire

In the wake of Wednesday’s Saskatchewan budget which saw the elimination of the Saskatchewan Film Employment Tax Credit and with it the almost certain demise of the industry in the province, Premier Brad Wall tweeted: “If an industry cannot survive at all without a permanent taxpayer subsidy, should the taxpayers…
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Brad Wall’s Crime Problem

In opposition to the Conservative’s transformational C-10 omnibus crime bill, Quebec, Ontario and Newfoundland are refusing to take on the costs associated with the bill. British Columbia and Manitoba are similarly concerned about the costs of the federal legislation, asking for a full-accounting of the bill’s provisions and cost-sharing agreements…
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The Ethics of the Ethical Oil Cabal

With the recent demonstrations in Ottawa against the Alberta tarsands and the XL oil pipeline, most of the mainstream media very quickly bought into the oil lobby’s talking points by constantly raising the argument that Alberta bitumen constitutes “ethical oil,” a morally superior product in relation to oil extracted from…
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The Consequences of Austerity

With the federal Tories vowing to enact billions in spending cuts in a bid to eliminate the deficit a year earlier than forecast, it might be a good time to ask what the consequences of all this austerity might have on the Canadian economy. Thankfully, we have a concrete example…
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