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Alberta may have lost the policy battle over the Energy East pipeline, but there’s one more battle to fight: the huge jurisdictional overreach by the National Energy Board’s addition of upstream emissions to the review of TransCanada pipeline’s application. Changing the rules in the middle of the game was the straw that broke the camel’s […]

Andrei Sulzenko is a former Canadian trade negotiator and is currently an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Well, the gloves are off – and maybe the helmets too. Only this time it’s not hockey. It’s trade negotiations. Let’s hope our Canadian players are good at both games. Last month, […]

Only one in three Albertans with disabilities are benefiting from the federal disability tax credit, according to a report from the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. People with disabilities often face hidden (or non-itemizable) costs, and barriers that can lead to lower income and employment rates. The tax credit is designed to support persons with disabilities by […]

A tax tsunami is set to wallop the global economy this week as the U.S. proceeds with its most extensive tax package since 1986. U.S. tax reform will have an immense impact on the global economy, not just in terms of investment but also corporate bond flows and the distribution of government tax revenues. As […]

The University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy is delivering on its promise to intellectually challenge Calgarians. Its James S. Palmer lecture series honouring the former chancellor and his support for post-secondary education in Alberta exposes students, faculty and the community to eminent thinkers of international stature and discussion of important public issues. The series’ […]

Former prime minister Stephen Harper was recently reported as being highly critical of the Trudeau government’s NAFTA stand. Whether such friendly fire is appropriate is, of course, debatable, but, as in most debates, truth does not reside entirely on one side. The most salient point in Mr. Harper’s arguments is that Canada has made a […]

Now that both the House and Senate have versions of the Republican Tax Cut and Jobs Act that provide a $1.5 trillion tax reduction for Americans, the doomsayers will be out in full force to declare that tax reform is too difficult to achieve.  No reason for pessimism yet.  With one smart amendment, the Republicans […]