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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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Oil & gas projects provide tax revenue & create jobs. So what?

Specific projects should be judged based on their specific benefits, not benefits they share with hundreds of other projects.

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Federal Liberals to cover 80% of repair costs for Alberta government buildings

Earlier this month, the provincial government announced $11.6 million in infrastructure spending for 6 projects in Calgary, Edmonton, and Wetaskiwin. The projects include retrofits, repairs, and upgrades to 6 provincial buildings in these communities. About 80% of the funding will come from the federal government, $9.2 million to be more precise. The remaining 20%—about $2.32 […]

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Is Kenney really worried about losing thousands of construction jobs?

Because the 2,000 construction jobs lost through the cancellation of Keystone XL pale to the number lost since 2015.

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Survey: Disconnect between SW Alberta jobs and job seekers

A recently released 12-month survey found expectation differences between employers and job seekers as the region attempts to fill 8,400 jobs over the next 5 years.

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Did Alberta’s Job Creation Tax Cut end up creating jobs?

I tracked employment data for the year leading up to the COVID-19 lockdown this past spring, including before and after the UCP cut corporate taxes last summer.

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Federal Liberals announce $5M in funding for Alberta businesses

According to the announcements, the two initiatives would collectively support about 4,000 jobs.

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Alberta lost 20,000 public sector jobs before the pandemic

During the pandemic, the public sector lost 3.5 times as many jobs as the private sector, proportionately speaking.

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UCP cuts 100s of ag jobs days after offloading ag research onto universities

Just as I predicted.

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UCP government to give agriculture research nonprofit $37M annually

Coincidentally, the government has reduced Agriculture & Forestry salaries by nearly $100 million over the last 5 years.