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Alberta had worst GDP growth in Canada in 2020

RBC reported last week that Alberta’s GDP dropped by 8.2% last year, the worst performance the province has ever seen.

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Alberta consumers pay nearly 30% more for energy than a year ago

Canada’s increased by only 19%.

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Alberta oil & gas lost 10,000s of jobs yet produced more oil

Since 2014, Alberta’s oil & gas industry has increased annual production to an additional 4.4 million cubic metres. But they did it with 41,000 fewer workers.

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My response to Erin O’Toole’s plan to “secure Canada’s future”

The federal Conservatives have released their preliminary campaign platform. Here’s what I think of it.

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UCP 2021-22 budget: debt to GDP ratio 2.3× higher than under NDP

More debt. Fewer jobs. Less tax revenue.

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Pro-business group praises UCP’s pro-business regulation cuts

Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses gave the UCP government an A grade for cutting regulations for businesses.

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Jack Mintz is wrong about Canada’s economy

The U of C economist is blaming government regulation for Canada’s stagnating economy.

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NDP minimum wage increases didn’t raise youth unemployment

Minimum wage increases between 2015 and 2019 didn’t raise unemployment among youth. Nor did they going back to 1976.

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UCP budget predicts $125 billion debt by next election

Income tax revenues are $4.2B lower than planned this year. Oil & gas revenue is $3.4B lower. Federal transfer payments are $2.2B higher.

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Opinion

There’s more to economic efficiency than financial benefits

Sometimes there are benefits that can’t be bought. And not all resources must generate a profit.