Category Archive: Provincial

Jun 29 2015

On CO2 Pricing in Canada

In the past week, there have been two news items in Canada on the pricing of CO2.  The first came from Alberta’s new NDP government.  Rachel Notley‘s government announced that large emitters in Alberta will need to reduce their CO2 intensity by 20% by 2017.  Any emissions above that level will be charged a tax …

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May 02 2015

The NDP will destroy Alberta’s economy

All the recent polls in the Alberta election seem to indicate that the NDP (i.e. socialists) under Rachel Notley will form the next government of our fine province.  Ms. Notley has vowed to fix the regulatory environment for the oilsands, to withdraw funding from “independent” schools, to spend more on infrastructure, roll back cuts to …

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Feb 23 2015

Canada’s Debt and Government Growth Problem

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Today on Zero Hedge, there was a post about how government debts are over 100% of GDP in many countries, and there are even six nations with debt/GDP ratios greater than 300%.   Canada was mid-pack at 221%, just ahead of China (if you called having more debt being ahead). What caught my attention was …

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Nov 01 2014

On Teacher Retirement Behaviour

At my daughter’s high school this semester, two of her four teachers have chosen to retire in the middle of the term, forcing the students to be handed to another teacher.   The fact one of her other teachers is very pregnant means that by January she will have had seven teachers for four courses. …

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Nov 01 2014

On Cost Consciousness in Health Care

This week, my family had the misfortune to have to deal with Canada’s health care system.  It was a very mixed experience.  It began on Sunday evening, when my lovely wife tipped the pasta pot and poured boiling water over her hand and forearm.  She was scalded quite severely, and although we quickly got it …

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Mar 22 2014

Secrecy in Schools, Followup

On Thursday evening, I met with my daughter’s Grade 10 Science teacher, and she was pleasant and did a good job explaining the exam and I now feel that this teacher is at least competent.  However, I also met with the vice-principal, and asked for further explanation of the “secret” exam policy.   I am …

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Jun 12 2013

“Independent Boards” for Government Services

Today, Alberta’s Health Minister, Fred Horne, fired the board of directors of Alberta Health Services.  He did so because the board, claiming independence in the day-to-day management of Alberta’s publicly funded health care system, decided to go ahead and pay bonuses to 99 senior executives.  Their argument is that these 99 executives were entitled to …

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Feb 06 2013

Balancing Alberta’s Books

The Province of Alberta has put out a website so Albertans can take a crack at balancing the books.  I decided to take a crack.   Now let me give you a little history.  Twenty years ago, when I was at the University of Calgary, I lived through the Ralph Klein / Jim Dinning era …

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May 06 2012

On the Quebec Tuition Deal

Premier Jean Charest and his government have made a terrible mistake.  They have essentially given in to the students by signing a deal that they can raise tuition but must cut other fees. First, how does this fix the fiscal imbalance of the Universities?  The total income will not rise as much as planned, leaving …

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Apr 23 2012

On the Alberta Election

And the pollsters are kicking themselves.  All of the polls published in the last week of the campaign showed the Wildrose party in the lead, ranging from 6-17 points.   but the PCs have scored their 12th consecutive majority government, and will reach the unparalleled target of having been in power for at least 45 years …

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