How a federal minority could work for Alberta

Albertans are looking for a government that can move beyond ideology to a clear-eyed vision for the future

How a federal minority could work for AlbertaOf all the Canadians sitting on the edge of their chairs Monday night watching the federal election results, it’s hard to imagine any who would be more anxious than the people of Alberta. The ability of this province to pull itself out of an agonizing economic malaise hinges very much on the makeup of the…

Here’s why I’m voting Liberal

The government has an impressive team, a strong record of legislation and has raised our international standing

Here’s why I’m voting LiberalAided by corrosive social media, omnipresent angry groups and the need for climate tempering, the countdown to the federal election has been divisive and grouchy. While many viewed at least one of the leadership debates, I sense Canadians understand that there’s much more at stake than individual party leader street credentials in this election. Some…

Active rigs in Alberta down by 34% on average: ATB

According to the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors, each active rig represents about 21 direct jobs and 124 indirect jobs

Active rigs in Alberta down by 34% on average: ATBNew data released on Wednesday by ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team indicates the Alberta oil and gas drilling industry is still struggling. In its daily economic update The Owl, the team said the average number of active rigs over the first nine months of 2019 was 92, compared to 140 over the same period…

Alberta government has few options for reducing costs: report

Any cuts must be made judiciously, taking into account the fact that services must be maintained at certain levels, says U of C report author

Alberta government has few options for reducing costs: reportShort of imposing a sales tax, and hampered by low energy revenues, the Alberta government has few options for reducing expenditures and making a dent in it’s $8.8-billion deficit, says a new report by the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. “The most obvious area for the new government to cut would therefore be…

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?

How well prepared is Alberta for the disruptive change coming to the province’s energy sector?

Who will lead Alberta to a new energy future?This past week has seen further waves buffeting the oil industry. Millions of people around the world marched on Friday demanding climate action, and British Columbia won a court ruling that temporarily blocks Alberta’s turn-off-the-taps legislation. Against this backdrop, the recent Energy Disruptors conference in Calgary was timely indeed. The event brought about 1,500 energy…

Want better MLAs? Pay them more, not less

We discourage skilled and experienced people from entering elected public life, since seeking office means forgoing significant income and often involves significant sacrifice to their families

Want better MLAs? Pay them more, not lessRecently-announced pay cuts to members of Alberta’s legislature raise the important question of whether our elected representatives get paid too much or even enough. Outside of political considerations, the question of salaries is important because we link attracting talent to pay. With the new cuts, the Alberta premier will make around $167,000, cabinet ministers about…

Building a winning engineering team

Mauro Plenzik talks about how Maskell Plenzik & Partners has kept abreast of a changing marketplace, remaining prepared, nimble and capable

Building a winning engineering teamMauro Plenzik is principal of Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering Inc. in Calgary. What is Maskell Plenzik & Partners Engineering and what do you do? Plenzik: Maskell Plenzik and Partners is an electrical engineering consulting firm that specializes in buildings’ electrical, communication and security design. Further to the broad range of design services we provide…

Imports to Alberta hit $47 billion in 2018

Almost 75% of last year’s imports originated in the U.S. Asian countries accounted for 11% and 10% came from European countries

Imports to Alberta hit $47 billion in 2018Merchandise imported by Alberta businesses in 2018 rose by nearly seven per cent from 2017, reaching just over $47 billion, according to Statistics Canada data. In a report released Thursday, ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team cited StatsCan’s research showing that 21,154 businesses in Alberta bought $47.2 billion worth of goods last year. That was…

Alberta population growth to lead nation: StatsCan

Twenty-five-year projections say other Prairie provinces would also see considerable growth

Alberta population growth to lead nation: StatsCanStatistics Canada says that in all scenarios the rate of population growth in Alberta would be the highest among Canadian provinces over the next 25 years. “By 2043, Alberta's population would number between six million and 7.3 million inhabitants depending on the scenario, compared with 4.3 million in 2018,” said the federal agency. “Together, Alberta…

Alberta Energy Regulator overhaul a dangerous game

Weaken the regulatory framework at your peril. Sloppy regulation begets sloppy industrial operation. And that drives investment away

Alberta Energy Regulator overhaul a dangerous gameGrant Sprague and Bev Yee, Alberta deputy ministers of energy and environment respectively, are very capable senior bureaucrats. Here’s hoping they bring to bear all their skills for the review of the Alberta Energy Regulator. They should keep in mind that the review ought not to be the witch hunt the current political framing suggests…
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