No ray of sunshine in Alberta’s fiscal forecast

Rachel Notley seems intent on duplicating the deep-diving debt performance of former Ontario NDP leader Bob Rae

No ray of sunshine in Alberta’s fiscal forecastBy Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute When Rachel Notley’s NDP shook Alberta’s political landscape by winning a majority government in 2015, the similarities to the Ontario’s Bob Rae-led NDP government in the 1990s were striking. Both cases marked the first NDP government in provincial history, and both brought an end to Progressive…

Alberta crushed beneath a growing mountain of debt

The slow path to balance means the province will continue adding debt by the bucketful for many years, penalizing future taxpayers

Alberta crushed beneath a growing mountain of debtBy Ben Eisen and Steve Lafleur The Fraser Institute The Alberta government’s 2018 budget figures would be shocking if Albertans weren’t already accustomed to such numbers. The operating deficit is expected to be $8.8 billion in 2018-19, down slightly from its peak of $10.8 billion two years ago. It’s difficult to contextualize such a large…

When property prices are a crime

The B.C. government balked at applying the foreign buyer tax to pre-sale contracts, so property flipping won’t slow down and it certainly won’t stop

When property prices are a crimeEveryone knew that Vancouver housing prices were criminal, they just didn’t know by how much. By now, many citizens are aware that offshore money, mostly from China, has been laundered through casinos and invested in properties that have often been flipped through shady realtors and unlicensed brokers. The new government in British Columbia talked a…

Historic byelection win for Sask. Party candidate

Ken Francis earns 88.1% of the vote, the highest percentage of votes any party candidate has ever received in a provincial election

Historic byelection win for Sask. Party candidateKenneth Brown of The Clarion Ken Francis of the Saskatchewan Party has been elected as the next Kindersley MLA and his byelection victory set a Sask. Party election record. According to results from Elections Saskatchewan, there was a total of 3,790 votes cast from a possible 11,690 eligible voters in the Kindersley constituency. Voter turnout…

Voters cast provincial byelection ballots tomorrow

The three candidates are Ken Francis of the Saskatchewan Party, Travis Hebert of the New Democratic Party and Yvonne Potter-Pihach of the Green Party

Voters cast provincial byelection ballots tomorrowClarion Staff The byelection to choose the next Kindersley MLA is tomorrow and voters will head to one of three polling stations in the community to cast their ballots. The byelection takes place at polling stations in 20 communities throughout the Kindersley constituency. The polls on March 1 run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.…

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to win

The Ontario PCs have a legitimate chance to form the next provincial government, despite Patrick Brown's distracting presence in the leadership race

Patrick Clown show notwithstanding, Ontario PCs favoured to winThe Patrick Clown Show continues to be the biggest political story in Canada – but the biggest provincial conservative party, the Ontario PCs, are still competitive. How come? The papers are brimming with stories about Patrick Brown. For instance: on Wednesday morning of last week, out of 13 provincial-politics-related clippings landing on staffers’ desks at…

Pipelines are crucial to national prosperity

The battle between Alberta and B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has broad implications for all Canadians

Pipelines are crucial to national prosperityBy Steve Lafleur and Ashley Stedman The Fraser Institute The governments of Alberta and British Columbia are waging an intense trade dispute over the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which would run between Edmonton and Burnaby. But the implications extend far beyond those two provinces. The details of the feud have been well-documented. After B.C.’s…

B.C. at a fiscal crossroads

It can continue to pursue fiscal prudence or follow other provinces that are plagued by chronic shortfalls and ongoing budgetary challenges

B.C. at a fiscal crossroadsBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute As the old cliché goes, if you don’t learn from past mistakes, you’re doomed to repeat them. But the opposite is also true – learning from previous successes can be as valuable. As it prepares to introduce its first full budget, British Columbia’s NDP government would do well…

Kindersley riding byelection information for voters

Eligibility, advance poll dates and locations, registration deadline for March 1 provincial riding vote

Kindersley riding byelection information for votersClarion Staff A byelection has been called for the Kindersley provincial riding on March 1 and Elections Saskatchewan officials are reminding eligible residents to get on the voters list if they’re not already registered. Residents can go to www.elections.sk.ca for information. Saskatchewan Party candidate Ken Francis, New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan candidate Travis Hebert and…

New premier calls for byelection in Kindersley

Voters will decide on March 1. NDP, Sask. Party candidates ready to campaign

New premier calls for byelection in KindersleyKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley constituency has been without a member of the legislative assembly since September but that will change with a byelection set for March 1. Premier Scott Moe was sworn in to office on Feb. 2 by Lt.-Gov. Vaughn Solomon Schofield. One of his first orders of business as premier…
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