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  • Canada’s Fossil-Fuelled Pensions June 22, 2018
    The British Columbia Investment Management Corporation is?the steward of BC’s public pensions, but bankrolls companies?whose current business models exceed the climate change targets agreed to in the Paris Agreement to which Canada is a signatory. The pensions of over 500,000 British Columbians and assets worth $135 billion are managed by the Corporation—-one of Canada's largest […]
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  • Imagine a Winnipeg...2018 Alternative Municipal Budget June 18, 2018
    Climate change; stagnant global economic growth; political polarization; growing inequality.? Our city finds itself dealing with all these issues, and more at once. The 2018 Alternative Municipal Budget (AMB) is a community response that shows how the city can deal with all these issues and balance the budget.
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  • Why would a boom town need charity? Inequities in Saskatchewan’s oil boom and bust May 23, 2018
    When we think of a “boomtown,” we often imagine a formerly sleepy rural town suddenly awash in wealth and economic expansion. It might surprise some to learn that for many municipalities in oil-producing regions in Saskatchewan, the costs of servicing the oil boom can outweigh the benefits. A Prairie Patchwork: Reliance on Oil Industry Philanthropy […]
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    ? The week of May 1st, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' National Office moved to 141 Laurier Ave W, Suite 1000, Ottawa ON, K1P 5J2. Please note that our phone, fax and general e-mail will remain the same: Telephone: 613-563-1341 | Fax: 613-233-1458 | Email:?ccpa@policyalternatives.ca ?
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    Canada faces some very difficult choices in maintaining energy security while meeting emissions reduction targets.? A new?study by veteran earth scientist David Hughes—published through the Corporate Mapping Project, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Parkland Institute—is a comprehensive assessment of Canada’s energy systems in light of the need to maintain energy security and […]
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Archive for 'Sask. Election 2011'

Debating Boyd on Resource Royalties

Saskatchewana€?s Minister of Energy and Resources replied to my op-ed and letter on Dutch disease and resource royalties. On Friday, he was promoted to Minister of Everything. Columnist Murray Mandryk wrote, a€?Given the amount of power Bill Boyd now has in his super-economy portfolio, he may be one fluffy Persian cat and remote desert island […]

Opting Out of Union Dues

Murray Mandryka€?s excellent column today saves me the trouble of writing a lengthy blog post on the Saskatchewan governmenta€?s recent musings about labour legislation. From an economic perspective, ita€?s worth noting that enabling unionized workers to opt out of paying union dues would create a classic free-rider problem. Indeed, Wikipediaa€?s article on this topic uses […]

Record-Low Manufacturing Employment

Todaya€?s Labour Force Survey indicates that the seemingly robust economic growth reported by Statistics Canada earlier this week is not translating into improved job prospects for Canadian workers. For the second consecutive month, employment is down and unemployment is up. (By contrast, the situation improved south of the border.) Manufacturing: Another Record Low Although overall […]

The Politics of Potash

Advocates of low potash royalties are claiming that New Democrats??fared poorly in Saskatchewana€?s recent election because??they proposed higher potash royalties. Of course, potash companies and their boosters would like the NDP to give up this cause. Doing so would be a political mistake for the party and a disservice to the people of Saskatchewan. Most […]

Brad Wall Light?

I got to know and like Dave McGrane in the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats, but the following assessment misses the mark: McGrane, an assistant professor at St. Thomas More College, said the NDPa€?s defeat was a product of failing to connect with rural Saskatchewan, poor political marketing and outdated policies. a€?People had no idea what […]

2013: The Sask NDPa€?s Lucky Number?

To state the obvious, Saskatchewana€?s provincial election result was not good for progressives. I was especially surprised by the NDPa€?s loss of constituencies like Regina Douglas Park (where I grew up), Moose Jaw Wakamow and Prince Albert Northcote. It could have been worse. Political commentators were musing about the NDP falling below 30% of the […]

Unrest in Billa€?s Republic of Doyle

PotashCorp CEO Bill Doyle waded into Saskatchewana€?s election campaign on Friday with an op-ed in the provincea€?s two largest newspapers. It was accompanied by a paid advertisement from PotashCorp in Saskatoona€?s StarPhoenix. The company got some free advertising in Reginaa€?s Leader-Post through Bruce Johnstonea€?s column, which repeated Doylea€?s op-ed. The Saskatchewan Party is parroting the […]

Sask Party Shills for PotashCorp

Yesterdaya€?s strong earnings report from the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan confirms what this blog and the NDP have been contending: even modestly increasing Saskatchewana€?s extremely low royalties on hugely profitable potash mines could fund substantially better provincial public services. The Saskatchewan Party still refuses to review potash royalties. In a well-timed column, Greg Fingas developed […]

What if Potash Tanks?

Regarding the NDP platforma€?s reliance on additional potash revenue, columnist Murray Mandryk asks, a€?What if potash tanks as it did in 2009?a€? Of course, budgets are necessarily based on assumptions about future commodity prices. Saskatchewan Finance estimates that each dollar of change in the price of oil alters provincial revenues by $20 million (page 35). […]

Saskatchewan Platform Comparison

Saskatchewana€?s two major parties have unveiled their election platforms. The NDPa€?s fiscal plan is to collect higher potash royalties and reinvest the proceeds in public priorities like healthcare, education and housing. Columnist Murray Mandryk notes the spectre of Erin Weir. The NDP has expressed a willingness to discuss sharing resource revenues with First Nations. The […]

The Sask Partya€?s 0.1% Health Plan

The banner headline, in block capitals, on the front page of yesterdaya€?s Regina Leader-Post was a€?SASK. PARTY HAS FIVE-POINT HEALTH PLAN.a€? Thata€?s accurate reporting, as far as it goes. The Saskatchewan Party did announce a healthcare plan featuring five points. It would have been similarly accurate to report that this announcement was accompanied by a […]

Sask Party Deficit Math

The Saskatchewan NDP is proposing to collect higher potash royalties and save a portion of the proceeds in a new Bright Futures Fund. The NDP has also expressed??its willingness to negotiate with First Nations about the possibility of resource revenue sharing. The right-wing Saskatchewan Party strangely claims that the NDPa€?s plan a€?would plunge the province […]

Sask Party Healthcare Math

Yesterday, the Saskatchewan Party claimed that the provincial NDPa€?s plan for 30 additional primary healthcare clinics would cost $840 million. It has since removed this goofy press release from its website, but herea€?s a screenshot. The Sask Party multiplied the Saskatoon Community Clinica€?s $7-million annual provincial cost by 30, and then multiplied that total by […]

Sask Party Tuition Math

In Saskatchewana€?s provincial election campaign, the incumbent Saskatchewan Party is promising a scholarship of up to $500 per year for new high-school graduates who undertake post-secondary studies. It claims that this scholarship is worth a€?THREE TIMESa€? the annual increase in university tuition fees, which has averaged $146.50 over the past four years. What the Sask […]