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Prentice calls provincial election for May 5

By Fabian Mayer, April 9 2015 — Albertans are heading to the polls this spring after Premier Jim Prentice called an election for May 5. He made the announcement to supporters in Edmonton Tuesday morning. The PC’s provincial budget will be a central issue in the spring election. Finance minister Robin Campbell said the budget…

Universities need public funding

Alberta’s budget was, in a way, a pleasant surprise. After weeks of Premier Jim Prentice throwing worst-case scenarios at us, a four per cent cut to post-secondary over the next two years seems manageable.  But just because the cuts aren’t as bad as expected doesn’t mean post-secondary is well off.  The province now plans to…

A game of bulls and bears

By Tobias Ma, April 2 2015 — In early February, oil prices rebounded into the $60 per-barrel range for West Texas Intermediate (WTI).  However, Stephen Schork, a well-known oil stocks analyst, referred to the price jump as a “dead cat bounce.”  In financial lingo, a dead cat bounce describes a small, brief recovery in the…

Lobbying has its limitations

Last week, executives from the Students’ Union traveled to Edmonton for a lobbying blitz. As part of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), they got some face-to-face time with members of the provincial government. While this type of lobbying is important, it has its limitations. Executives usually have only 15 minutes with a minister….

Government shouldn’t be applauded for Bill 10

By Jason Herring, March 26 2015 — Alberta’s government did the right thing when they passed Bill 10, but they shouldn’t be applauded for doing so after dragging their heels for so long. The revised version of the bill guarantees the right of LGBTQ students to form and participate in gay-straight alliances (GSAs) on school…

Politics decided by Super Smash Brothers

By Melanie Woods, March 19 2015 — In light of the recent criticism of Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, an investigation has been launched into his leadership. A team of researchers, led by political analyst Garth King, discovered that Prentice didn’t win the PC leadership through a party vote as previously thought. Rather, he triumphed in…

Who’s to blame for Alberta’s mess?

Alberta premier Jim Prentice faced backlash last week after implying that Albertans are to blame for the government’s $7-billion revenue shortfall. Prentice said on CBC’s radio program Alberta@Noon that Albertans “need only look in the mirror” to see who is responsible for the province’s budgetary woes.  The story made headlines around the country, and the…

Unions aren’t to blame for the province’s budget

By Andrew Kemle, March 12 2015 — Alberta is facing difficult economic times. In the face of this uncertainty, Premier Jim Prentice is warning public sector employees that they’ll have to shoulder some of the burden. He can dance around it all he likes, but Prentice is talking about decreasing the wages and benefits of…

Public executive salaries barely affect the budget

By Kate Jacobson, March 5 2015 — University of Calgary president Elizabeth Cannon is one of the highest paid university executives in Canada. Without benefits, her salary is over $450,000 every year. On the other hand, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice announced in late January that he would voluntarily take a pay cut of five per…

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