Do Alberta's Progressive Conservatives have a death wish?

November 11, 2016 - 3:47pm

By obstructing Jason Kenney and revisiting a now-discredited past, the PCs would be ensuring the NDP stay in power

CALGARY, Alta. / Troy Media/ - There are far too many roadblocks along the path to a revived Alberta Progressive Conservative Party - and a new leader.

In the wake of the recent three-day PC Party policy meeting in Red Deer, delegate selection will soon begin for the leadership convention next March. Delegate selection is key.

Bold moves towards a new Alberta economy

November 9, 2016 - 9:26am

EDMONTON / Troy Media/ - I wouldn't want to be Alberta Premier Rachel Notley right now, but all is not lost. Her government can take bold action to kick-start a new economy.

Two years into the deepest recession the province has experienced since the Great Depression, Notley's government's most important policy initiative has been a carbon tax.

Albertans are skeptical. Helping the environment is fine but how exactly does another tax pull a struggling economy out of recession?

Cracking Open Canada's Health-care Oyster

September 12, 2016 - 1:08pm

Court case in B.C. will force us to look with real clarity at our health system and how it measures up to others around the world

CALGARY, Alta. / Troy Media/ - Many Canadians have blind faith in the health-care system, warts and all, but it would be preferable if it was grounded in knowledge.

Economists say that standard economic models don't apply to health care, since it exemplifies market failure. And there certainly is no free market at work in European countries that permit private medicine.

Double-double trouble on the coffee front

September 9, 2016 - 9:17am

Canada ranks third among the world's top coffee drinkers, thanks to the ever-present Tim Hortons chain, but consumption patterns are changing

HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ - Coffee is a big deal. In fact, coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world - behind oil.

Canada doesn't produce coffee beans, but it seems addicted to them. This nation ranks third among the world's top coffee drinkers, after the Netherlands and Finland. The average Canadian drinks a whopping 152 litres of coffee annually. That's almost the size of a barrel of oil.

Record debt levels threaten the West's farming industry

July 28, 2016 - 9:57am

CALGARY, Alta. / Troy Media/ - For the 23rd consecutive year, Canadian farm debt has hit a new record. In the West, the debt load is particularly severe, raising questions about the future of this vital industry.

Farmers in British Columbia are faring best, with only $6 billion in debt. Manitoba and Saskatchewan are middle of the road, with more than $8 billion and $13 billion respectively. Alberta's farmers, however, carry an eye-popping $20 billion in debt. In Alberta and Saskatchewan, outstanding farm debt has increased more than $5 billion in the last five years.

Notley Government hiding behind low oil prices to defer making the tough decisions to reduce spending

July 14, 2016 - 9:14am

By Steve Lafleur and Ben Eisen, The Fraser Institute

VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ - There's no doubt that 2015/16 was a bad year for Alberta's public finances. And with the recent release of the provincial government's 2015/16 annual report, we now know just how bad it was.

According to the report, the province's operating deficit for the year was even larger than expected, with the final tally checking in at $6.4 billion - about $300 million more than projected by the Notley government in its October budget.

Fort McMurray Fire Seared In Our Memories

July 8, 2016 - 12:12pm

Controlled fire may be mysterious to humans, but uncontrolled fire terrorizes them

By Barry Cooper, Contributor - Troy Media

CALGARY - It's been a couple of months since the fire at Fort McMurray hit the news. The anecdotes and images are still fresh: cars and trucks driving through flames, families separated, pets and vehicles left behind, a massive traffic jam down Highway 63.

By: Troy Media