A Taste of Reality for Alberta’s Public Sector – April 1, 2013
There are more than a few politicians in Canada delighting in what’s happening in Alberta these days. For years, provincial leaders have been driven mad by the often obscene deals that Alberta has struck with its public-sector employees, making everyone from doctors to teachers the best paid in the country. Not surprisingly, those same professions in other provinces have used these wage benchmarks as targets of their own during contract negotiations.
Media Release - Empower Local Voters to Increase Government Accountability and Efficiency – November 15, 2012
This study proses a way to develop greater spending transparency by way of enhancing fiscal autonomy for the provinces and municipalities
Where Did All Alberta's Money Go? – January 23, 2012
Partisan political operators are battling to define the debate over one of the most explosive issues in the coming provincial election: Why can't a wealthy province like Alberta make ends meet?
Public Sector Wages Sap Alberta's Revenues – January 20, 2012
Alberta's public sector wage bill has increased nearly twice as fast as the national aver-age over the past decade, according to a new University of Calgary study.
Maxime Bernier, Former Industry and Foreign Affairs Minister and MP for Beauce – May 27, 2010
You have to be out there. You have to explain what you believe in and I think people are intelligent. If you have a good idea and it is based on facts and you can explain it, I think people will understand and they will vote for you.
Transforming Manitoba – January 16, 2010
Manitoba’s old style public sector model has placed the province firmly outside of western Canada's mainstream.
Media Release: Municipalities are Failing to Adequately Disclose Taxi Regulation to the Public – September 14, 2009
Municipalities responsible for taxi regulation should publish regular (perhaps quarterly or annual) reports of key facts relating to the economic implications of taxi regulation. Licences are not the property of licencees but rather a privilege that is granted by government on behalf of the public. In turn, the public has a right to be informed about the use of these licences.
Privatize City Hall – August 11, 2009
"Toronto’s municipal strike is over. Some 30,000 garbage and other workers are back on the job. That’s at least 15,000 too many. If the strike has taught Torontonians anything, it’s that the city does precious little for its residents."
Rudd Puts Public Fat Cats On Notice – June 5, 2008
Australia's PM Kevin Rudd has warned the nation's top mandarins he is not afraid of privatising government services to slash spending or poaching private-sector staff to reinvigorate the public service.
More Transparency – April 16, 2008
Billions of dollars are pouring into municipalities in GST rebates; gas tax rebates and for infrastructure renewal from federal and provincial coffers without adequate oversight, controls and transparency.
Edmonton's Downtown Renaissance – March 1, 2002
Edmonton, like other cities in Canada is addicted to the automobile. The Alberta capital maintains over 4,500 miles of urban roads, as opposed to fewer than 3,000 in Winnipeg.