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UCP government announces new Mineral Advisory Council

Yesterday, the provincial government announced they had appointed a 5-member Mineral Advisory Council to help attract investment in mineral mining.

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Ottawa to spend over $8M on clean technology start ups in Alberta

The money will help the 3 Calgary-based companies develop technologies in wastewater filtration, well drilling, and well sensing.

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Increasing minimum wage doesn’t increase unemployment in Alberta

I combed minimum wage and unemployment data going back to 1976 and found no correlation between the two.

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Alberta gave $5B in royalty discounts to oil & gas sector since 2015

Through royalty adjustments, the provincial government reduces royalty rates for fossil fuel companies, which they hope will encourage new oil and natural gas reserves and improve the longevity of already existing reserves.

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Is it true that oil and gas is Alberta’s largest industry?

Last week, Alberta’s energy minister, sent out a tweet in which she claimed that the oil and gas sector is the largest industry in Alberta. But what does that mean?

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COVID-19 more likely to affect marginalized communities in Canada

Last week, Innovative Research Group published the results of a recent study they conducted into how COVID-19 has affected marginalized populations in Canada.

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Royalties funded only 15.5% of Alberta revenue since 2008

We’ve received roughly the same amount in federal transfer payments over the last 13 years as we have royalties, with each of them bringing in a little over 15.5% of the total revenue.

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Opinion

Taxation isn’t theft; tax cuts are theft

If you’re friends with a libertarian, you’ve probably heard them say something like “taxation is theft”. Taxation isn’t theft; tax cuts are theft. More specifically, tax cuts on corporations and the rich are theft.

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The 10 Alberta industries that generated the most income tax revenue in 2019

10 industries generated 83.5% of corporate income tax revenue collected by the Alberta government in 2019. Guess which one didn’t make the list.

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Personal income tax and federal transfers prevent UCP $100 billion debt from being higher

Personal income tax and transfer payments from Ottawa will be the largest sources of income for the UCP government this year. If it wasn’t for them, the provincial debt would be much higher.