Alberta Premier Jim Prentice has, miracle of miracles, raised taxes in his trademark low-tax province.
Moving from a flat 10% income tax rate to one that is nearly flat, but has a slight element of progressivity, does not make of Prentice an overnight social democrat.
And the Alberta government is motivated by dire necessity, not any change in fiscal philosophy.
Still, in even incrementally increasing the tax on upper incomes, the Alberta Premier went further than any of the federal political parties seem willing to go at this stage.
None of them -- not the governing Conservatives, not the Greens nor Liberals, and not even the NDP -- want to talk much about raising taxes, especially income taxes.