Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs Quebec

Premier-elect Jason Kenney’s outstretched hand should not be ignored by Quebec

Quebec needs Alberta as much as Alberta needs QuebecIn a speech following his election victory this week, Alberta premier-designate Jason Kenney extended a hand to Quebec, urging the province not to hinder the development of Alberta’s energy sector. We Quebecers should listen to him. Alberta needs Quebec in the same way that Quebec needs Alberta. Alberta is looking for outlets for its hydrocarbons.…

Alberta retail sales edge up to just over $6.75 billion

Sales rose by 0.9 per cent from January but were down 0.1 per cent year over year

Alberta retail sales edge up to just over $6.75 billionRetail sales in Alberta edged up slightly in February, reaching just over $6.75 billion, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Thursday that sales in the province rose by 0.9 per cent from January but were down 0.1 per cent year over year. Following three consecutive monthly declines, retail sales rose 0.8 per cent…

Alberta posts largest annual decrease in EI beneficiaries

The number of EI beneficiaries in Alberta in February increased by 1.9 per cent to 51,600, but fell by 15.9 per cent year over year.

Alberta posts largest annual decrease in EI beneficiariesAlberta had the biggest year-over-year decrease among the provinces in February for the number of people receiving regular Employment Insurance benefits, according to a report released on Thursday by Statistics Canada. “There were 51,600 EI recipients in Alberta in February, an increase of 1.9 per cent (from January). Most of this rise was in the…

Conservative revival in Alberta was in the cards all along

Albertans are mad as hell and won't take it any longer – at least that's the message to the rest of the country. But is that enough to succeed?

Conservative revival in Alberta was in the cards all alongIn the end, this week’s election outcome in Alberta seems like it was preordained. No, Jason Kenney was wrong when he asserted early in his tenure as leader of the United Conservative Party that the NDP was an “accidental government.” The decision by voters nearly four years ago to hand power to an unlikely suitor…

Alberta infrastructure accounts for 17% of Canadian total

Alberta’s stock of infrastructure has gone from $21,541 per person in 2009 to $30,219 in 2019. The national average is $20,618 per person

Alberta infrastructure accounts for 17% of Canadian totalSpending on infrastructure is important to any jurisdiction’s economy. Infrastructure investment – both public and private – is a good indication of how an economy is performing. It also helps boost that economy through jobs and business spending. ATB, in its The Owl daily economic update, says Alberta’s stock of public and private infrastructure was…

Quebec should work with Alberta to improve economy: institute

Montreal Economic Institute says moving oil east by pipeline is the best option for both provinces

Quebec should work with Alberta to improve economy: instituteThe Montreal Economic Institute says the Quebec government should seize the hand extended to the province by Jason Kenney on Tuesday night after he won a majority government in Alberta. “Alberta's economic circumstances make the passage of Western Canadian oil on our territory more imperative than ever. Not only is it the preferred oil of…

Alberta’s annual inflation rate higher than national average

Higher prices for gasoline and natural gas mostly to blame, according to StatsCan

Alberta’s annual inflation rate higher than national averageThe annual inflation rate increased in every province in March but price growth in Alberta (+2.3 per cent) was higher than the Canadian average (+1.9 per cent), says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported on Wednesday that “the gains in these provinces were led by higher prices month over month for gasoline, as well as…

Alberta employment rose by 44,000 jobs in 2018: StatsCan

Over 40 per cent of the growth was driven by self-employment (+19,000)

Alberta employment rose by 44,000 jobs in 2018: StatsCanTotal employment in Alberta in 2018 rose by 44,000 (+1.9 per cent), almost twice the increase recorded in 2017, says Statistics Canada in its Annual Review of the Labour Market, 2018 which was released on Tuesday. The federal agency said over 40 per cent of the growth was driven by self-employment (+19,000). “In 2018, the…

Alberta manufacturing sector sees increase in sales

Sales in the sector rose by 0.1 per cent in February from January to $6.3 billion

Alberta manufacturing sector sees increase in salesGood news on the manufacturing front for the Alberta economy on Tuesday. A report by Statistics Canada said sales in the sector rose by 0.1 per cent in February from January to $6.3 billion. That was also a year-over-year hike of 3.4 per cent. Across Canada, the federal agency reported that sales were down 0.2…

Taube: Jason Kenney right person to lead Alberta

This is good political and economic news not only for the province, but the entire country

Taube: Jason Kenney right person to lead AlbertaAlbertans will head to the ballot boxes today. Who will they choose to lead the next provincial government? Recent public opinion polls show Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party leading Premier Rachel Notley’s NDP by a comfortable margin. Pollara Strategic Insights has the UCP ahead by 45 to 38 per cent (April 10), Nanos Research suggests…

Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?

The province has long been on the cutting edge of political innovation, despite what some would have us believe

Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?Will Albertans vote for the United Conservative Party on Tuesday? The NDP election victory in 2015 is widely regarded as an accident. Many think it was an aberration in a deeply conservative province that, it’s predicted, will return to its bedrock conservative roots on election day 2019. The conventional wisdom is that Albertans are solidly…

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate rages

Many politicians would rather look to the past than mobilize to fight our greatest challenge

Albertans can’t hide from climate change as election debate ragesThe Alberta provincial election is a case study of the collective Canadian avoidance of climate change. Albertans are told to focus on either cutting various government programs or making deficit expenditures on new social programs, arguing about the pros and cons of taxes (especially carbon taxes), and a generalized hope for a return of high…

Net migration to Alberta from other provinces rising

ATB report credits improving economy for reversal in trend of the last two and a half years

Net migration to Alberta from other provinces risingGreen shoots are popping up to suggest Alberta's economy is improving, including the increasing number of people moving to Alberta from other provinces. “During the final three months of last year, 13,952 people moved to Alberta from other parts of the country. At the same time, 11,329 Albertans moved away to other provinces and territories,…

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the future

Alberta’s leaders need to recognize that technology is changing everything, everywhere, and fast. Here's a roadmap

Vision, not ideology, will lead Albertans into the futureThe Alberta election on April 16 will be won or lost on the basis of how Albertans view its economy. A pivotal part of that is the health of the province’s associated innovation ecosystem. In March, the Alberta Council of Technologies Society (ABCtech) and Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) together surveyed more than 500 business and…
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