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Alberta Minister of Finance Travis Toews and Premier Jason Kenney. Image: Premier of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Even real conservatives, if such a species exists anymore, know something's gone awry with Alberta's fiscal setup and that part of the solution's on the revenue side.
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The Calgary skyline in 2016 (Photo: Kevin Cappis, Wikimedia Commons).
David J. Climenhaga | You can probably count on the nattering nabobs of neoliberal negativity at the UCP to come up with a new reason that is clearly the NDP's fault to explain why the sky is falling.
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Premier Brad Wall. Image: Flickr/University of Saskatchewan
David J. Climenhaga | Wednesday was the longest day of the year, and Standard & Poor's chose the summer solstice to downgrade Saskatchewan's credit rating from AA+ to AA.
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley.
David J. Climenhaga | If the Edmonton Oilers do better than the Calgary Flames in the NHL playoffs, Alberta Conservatives will presumably try to find a way to blame the NDP for that too.
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Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | It was Budget Day in Alberta and the sense of relief in the halls of the Legislature was palpable, again.
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Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci. Image: David Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | As yesterday’s fiscal update shows, Albertans will actually have a rare meaningful choice in approaches to budgeting when the next general election rolls around.
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Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jeffery J. Nichols
David J. Climenhaga | Maybe higher oil prices will be back soon, but the realities of the market, and the realities of the biosphere, won't be changed by the ideology of capitalism.
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Rachel Notley
David J. Climenhaga | Get used to it. As Otto von Bismarck famously observed, politics is "the art of the possible, the attainable, the art of the next best."
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Jim Stanford
David J. Climenhaga | With the economic case for austerity pretty well universally discredited, you have to look to the underlying motives of conservatives like Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall.
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Robin Campbell & Jim Prentice
David J. Climenhaga | In Alberta, the conservative capacity for cognitive dissonance appears almost unlimited.
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Don MacIntyre
David J. Climenhaga | Alberta's conservative parties are so mired in their market fundamentalist ideology that, ironically, they have no time for the marketplace of ideas.
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Christina Gray
David J. Climenhaga | The disasters predicted by the restaurant industry in Alberta in the face of a minimum wage that is higher -- although not high enough -- will never happen.