Western Canadian silence will hurt our trade opportunities, again

Oh, the irony! With their withdrawal from the TPP, and after doing all the hard work, the Americans are handing us their market share under TPP 11

Western Canadian silence will hurt our trade opportunities, againThat Western Canada has not been well served by the country’s trade agenda under the previous and current governments is not just a criticism of Ottawa; it’s a damming critique of how little westerners seem to care or how ineffective they’ve been in shaping national trade priorities. What we in the West have done to…

My Canada does not include Alberta – Trudeau

Forgetting to include Alberta may have been an oversight on Trudeau's part but it's now a permanent part of our 150th birthday celebration. And that's not fake news, folks

My Canada does not include Alberta – TrudeauI never thought I would live to see the day when a Canadian prime minister forgot to mention one of our provinces at a public event. Yet that's exactly what happened to Justin Trudeau. During his Canada Day speech in Ottawa, the PM said that Canadians are “of every colour and creed, from every corner…

How the energy industry can reimagine itself

Blockchain could influence the way the energy sector does things, from extraction and production processes to financing and transactions

How the energy industry can reimagine itselfAlberta’s innovation landscape is pretty crowded. Companies, entrepreneurs, non-profits, post-secondary institutions and governments are bumping into each other all over the place. That’s a very good thing. It means that the innovation system is working. Some parts are focused on evolving the oil and gas sector, others on diversifying Alberta’s economy. For the most part, there…

Mourning an Alberta publishing icon

Ruth Kelly understood she had a unique responsibility: to cheerlead and promote but also to criticize constructively and objectively

When the world loses a good publisher, we're all the poorer for it. The recent passing of Alberta's Ruth Kelly is a case in point. Kelly was the publisher's publisher. And her commitment to the public she served went far beyond mere ink on paper and pixels on screens. As president and CEO of Venture…

Squeezing Alberta beer drinkers for more money

The discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer was always about more government revenue. The protectionist talk about helping Alberta brewers was diversionary

What motivated Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci to impose a discriminatory tax on out-of-province beer in 2015? Was it to diversify the Alberta economy while levelling the playing field for the local brewing industry, as he later claimed? Government documents filed with court in connection with Steam Whistle and Great Western Brewing’s upcoming trial over…

Why Trudeau and Notley are right to support pipeline expansion

We need the Trans Mountain project in order to protect the environment, keep costs in control, ensure the safety of workers and bolster the nation's economy

The outcome of last month’s B.C. election raises serious questions about future energy policy in British Columbia. The election produced no clear winner, although the New Democrats and the Green Party have agreed to unite with an eye on forming the next government. That’s where the questions come in. During the campaign, the two parties…

Building a clean, green and smart Canada

Canada’s polytechnic institutions are developing the talent to drive the nation's dramatic next-generation infrastructure expansion program

Building a clean, green and smart CanadaBy Nobina Robinson CEO Polytechnics Canada and Glenn Feltham President and CEO NAIT We are on the verge of another pivotal moment in Canada’s infrastructure history – one that will reshape our economy. But we need next-generation talent to build that infrastructure. Canada’s economy is inextricably linked to our infrastructure and it’s always been so. Our…

The bear will have a tall skinny Americano to go please …

As urban sprawl intensifies, we shouldn’t be too surprised when displaced wildlife decides to take a tour through town on their way to a new place of residence

The bear will have a tall skinny Americano to go please …Residents of my small town had mixed feelings when they learned a few years ago that a complex of big-box stores would be developed at the edge of town. Small business owners worried that customers would be lured away from their shops and their businesses would fail. Others argued that by having more local choices, residents…

Alberta finance minister fear-mongers after credit rating downgrade

Rather than raise the spectre of massive disruptions to public services, Ceci should look to Saskatchewan for an example of productive spending discipline

By Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute Standard & Poor’s recently announced it was once again downgrading Alberta’s credit rating – this time, by two notches, from AA to A+. No surprise, given that ratings agencies warned this could happen after the latest provincial budget was unveiled in March. And yet, rather than addressing the long-term…

Alberta’s run of deficits tower over Ontario’s worst

The silver lining for Albertans is that until last year it was the only province with no net debt. But that’s changing quickly and the burden falls on taxpayers

By Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute Over the past decade, Ontario emerged as the poster child for poor fiscal management in Canada, due largely to the province’s deep run of deficits. However, thanks to a decade of rapid spending growth and painful decline in oil prices, Alberta’s run of deficits is even…