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ICYMI – Albertans’ Pre-Budget Views

Posted April 12th, 2016 in Alberta Provincial Budget, Economy, Media Release, MetroNews, News by Alex Zagoumenov

ThinkHQ/Metro News Poll Thursday’s provincial budget is a pivotal one for the NDP. Conventional wisdom would suggest that a new government faced with outside economic challenges beyond their control, as the NDP are today, would garner little blame for economic misfortune. Conventional wisdom is wrong.   Economists may question whether or not it is a fair evaluation, but according to […]

Ralph’s Revenge: A Provincial Sales Tax Referendum

“He who controls the past controls the future.  He who controls the present controls the past.”   –       George Orwell, 1984   With all the discussion lately about the upcoming March 7th budget, and the difficult financial straights our province now navigates, I find myself thinking about Ralph Klein and how history will mark his place in the story of […]

Graham Thomson cites ThinkHQ poll in recent column

Posted February 2nd, 2013 in Alberta Politics, Alberta Provincial Budget, Edmonton Journal, Graham Thomson, News by Alex Zagoumenov

IN THE NEWS… Graham Thomson, Edmonton Journal 2013 February 2: “Tories taking a wrecking ball to the public trust”.   Click here to read Graham’s column: http://tinyurl.com/b8k7m7w       Click here to see survey results (.pdf): December 2012 Budget EJ Ex

Albertans to Politicians: Spend less before you ask for more

Posted January 24th, 2013 in Alberta Politics, Alberta Provincial Budget, Calgary Herald, News by Alex Zagoumenov

About 6 or 7 months ago, on this very page, I said the Government of Alberta had a budget problem – well, actually 3 problems:   1)   Energy royalties would be well short of budget projections; 2)   The Provincial Budget had no spending “cushion”, i.e. every nickel of revenue was slated for spending, along with $900 million drawn from savings, […]

Provincial Budgets in Alberta: Managing Great Expectations

Posted July 1st, 2012 in Alberta Politics, Alberta Provincial Budget, News by Alex Zagoumenov

Crafting provincial budgets in Alberta is more challenging than one might think.  We have resource wealth, no doubt, but it is revenue prone to wild fluctuation.  The Government must not only manage the dollars and cents of the budget, but the public expectations that come with being as financially fortunate (and sometimes unfortunate) as we are.  And Governments who lose […]