October 16, 2017

Liberals, Notley destroyed Alberta Advantage: Here’s what can bring it back

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

According to a recent report from the Fraser Institute, the average Canadian household is already taxed 42.5 per cent per year! 

But that’s not enough, so the government wants even more of your hard earned money and they’ll get it if their small business tax changes pass.

These changes are aimed at small businesses, but will affect all Canadians since those hit hardest, like professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners, will have no choice but to pass some of their added costs on to consumers.

Over the weekend at The Rebel’s emergency town hall meeting, the cash grab was addressed by a number of speakers including United Conservative Party Energy Critic and MLA for Cypress-Medicine Hat, Drew Barnes.

Watch as I discuss the Liberal tax changes with him and he tells us what he’s hearing from every day Albertans who will be affected by these controversial changes, why he thinks Rachel Notley remains silent and what the United Conservative Party will do to get the Alberta Advantage back.

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commented 2017-10-19 00:43:34 -0400
With no explanation then I take it that you’re agreeing with me ..
commented 2017-10-18 13:09:46 -0400
Could you explain that differently.. maybe just a little simpler for me.
commented 2017-10-18 13:02:58 -0400
No, I’m saying that a) the economic cycles are sufficiently offset from political cycles to indicate that the two aren’t conspicuously related.

and b) that economic woes due to low oil prices are widespread.

This is not a moral commentary at all. A “social free for all” has nothing to do with it, although I will agree that Alberta’s civil service is somewhat oversized for what the province gets back. I certainly can’t endorse your slippery slope, which seems somewhat baseless.
commented 2017-10-18 12:32:56 -0400
Andrew.. so what you’re saying is you agree with me and morality is much better than than a social free for all paid for by our tax dollars leading to a loss of social programs including health care and ultimately to bankruptcy and a fall of the country.
commented 2017-10-18 10:52:46 -0400
Yes, Leviticus. That’s when you point out what you disagree with, and why. Instead of stomping around aimlessly.

Wayne, yes, “ignoring the troll” – the troll who has brought apparently irrefutable facts to the table – would be the best bet. That sort of denial is perhaps the best strategy to maintain an ideology that falls apart with any sort of empirical examination.
commented 2017-10-18 02:32:30 -0400
commented 2017-10-18 02:31:58 -0400
It appears best to ignore the troll.
commented 2017-10-18 00:42:40 -0400
What specific piece of “ignorance” do you find exhausting? Surely there is something I said that was demonstrably incorrect to lead you to make that comment.

Right? You wouldn’t just be saying that because it’s easier than actually trying to refute my comments. I mean, you wouldn’t do that, would you?

I’ll save you the trouble
Me: “Do you actually have a rebuttal”?
You: “huh”?
commented 2017-10-17 20:12:56 -0400
commented 2017-10-17 19:46:54 -0400
What did I say that was wrong?
commented 2017-10-17 14:39:48 -0400
Fuck Andrew you are exhausting… Or rather your ignorance is exhausting ..
commented 2017-10-17 14:02:12 -0400
Looking at the unemployment statistics, Alherta seems to already be “revving up”. Unemployment’s down to 7.9% from its peak of 9 a year ago. So, I don’t need to wait. I will never consider economic growth “bad” even if I am wrong in my speculation. Economic cycles are bigger than regional government The collapse began under dual conservative governments… the rebound began under NDP and Liberal governments. Perhaps there’s more to the economy than pipelines?

By the way, I believe Venezuela is doing terribly right now. Oil rich. Saudi Arabia’s trying desperately to push prices back up since they’re pretty much screwed at present levels. Even in the US, despite a slight rebound in the last year, drilling rigs are less than a third what they were in their heyday four years ago.
commented 2017-10-17 13:37:07 -0400
Andrew Sheila was covering the Calgary election but the city had some troubles with it, the mayor sure runs things well LMAO!
commented 2017-10-17 13:35:56 -0400
I wonder what Andrew will say when Alberta kicks out Notley and starts to rev up again proving Andrew wrong? More BS excuses will be forthcoming.
commented 2017-10-17 13:34:55 -0400
Andrew what oil rich country is hurting right now? And Norway has massive debt and was never raped by PET and does not send out money to have not provinces BIG DIFFERENCE! Investment has been leaving because of left win policy, your other excuses are pure fantasy. The killing of pipelines and carbon taxes is stopping investment. And Electric cars should increase demand for natural gas.
Your ignorance is outstanding. And what highest paid doctors? LMAO! I wonder what your excuse will be when doctors leave due to Justin? What BS will you make up?
commented 2017-10-17 12:12:25 -0400

What oil rich country is booming because of it right now?

Perhaps Alberta once prospered at 48/bbl, but that was before the province decided it needed the country’s best paid doctors, and before a number of pricy oilsands projects came online that need much higher prices to generate the ROI for continued expansion.

The simple fact is that Alberta’s boom lay largely in expansion, which the market no longer supports. Back in 2004 … oil demand was still growing by 1.5mbpd/yr or more, whereas now it’s a good year with half that growth, and frequently less. That situations’ unlikely to improve. The developed world’s use is flat or declining, and the developing world’s growth is heading down the direction of Asia or Europe rather than North America dramatically reducing prospective growth. That electric vehicles are doubling every 18 months and are starting to be a noticeable chunk of sales has not escaped Big Oil’s attention either. Those “missing” barrels of demand were largely Alberta’s.
commented 2017-10-17 10:45:23 -0400
Andrew s said….. “and I think most Calgarians are smart enough to realize Calgary’s economic woes aren’t Nenshi’s fault nor will oil prices be rescued by a new mayor”

Sorry Andy.. but spinning that glib BS will fool the weak minded but the fact remains the same that resource rich countries allowed to develop their resources are doing just fine.. right up until around 2004 oil was at &42-$48 a barrel and everybody was doing just fine… Now we have two governments, one provincial one federal who are doing their damnedest to sabotage the resource base industry in Canada by cancelling projects that would distribute Alberta oil across the country creating thousands of jobs during construction and many many more full-time positions to operate the pipelines the pumping stationsas well as the maintenance that would come from these kind of projects.. we all know that these projects were cancelled for various reasons that some people agree with and many others don’t but again the fact remains the same that we are now importing the dirtiest oil on the planet that’s tainted with blood and the floating environmental disasters that they use to transport it across the ocean through many many sensitive marine environments. But rather than going on and on blending socio political economics into something that you don’t understand will be pointless so all you have to remember is countries that are allowed/encouraged to develop their resources are doing swimmingly in today’s economic environment… Countries like Venezuela with their government that is similar to the government that we have here are eating their own pets right now because they’re starving to death of the country that has more oil than Canada but they refused to develop it.. so yes… Any country that’s fortunate enough to have an abundance of natural resources in different fields definitely represents a “advantage” over other countries or provinces that don’t have. But if you would sooner elect a government that would encourage poverty than to develop its natural resources responsibly as a credit to the nation and its citizens then there is no advantage to your country or your government. So there you have it… You can’t cry foul when oil prices are down if you’re part of the problem to why the resource-base is not being developed while taking endorsements from the same provincial government that is introducing disastrous economic policy into the province.
So in effect yes… Nenshi is partly responsible and played his part for the economic ruin of the city he wants to represent and the province that he lives in.
commented 2017-10-17 09:13:01 -0400
“Muta Ween commented 2 hours ago
I hope we get a full analysis from the Rebel today regarding the reelection of Nenshi. At this point I believe the majority of Canadians have lost their minds . "

The only real discussion that can be had is “why it’s dangerous to cherry pick polls”. Nenshi remains fairly popular, Smith had nothing but jargon about “team building”, and I think most Calgarians are smart enough to realize Calgary’s economic woes aren’t Nenshi’s fault nor will oil prices be rescued by a new mayor

The Rebel made a lot of that one poll putting Smith well ahead, even though it was one of the only ones to say so. The Rebel wrote the entire election narrative around that one poll (Nenshi was “desperate”), apparently, even though it seemed pretty spurious and contrasted with what pretty much everyone else was saying.

In essence, it’s a lesson on why we shouldn’t overinterpret outliers. You (collectively) were mislead by the complete lack of objectivity in those stories, while likely dismissing other stories pointing out that Nenshi was actually competitive as “fake news” because it’s MSM. Again, there’s some danger in cherry-picking the narrative that tells you what you want to hear, rather than what’s actually happening. Sometimes reality intrudes in a way that alternative news can’t quite address, and this is one of those cases.
commented 2017-10-17 08:53:35 -0400
The “Alberta Advantage” was nothing more than using nonrenewable royalties to subsidize unrealistically low tax rates. If they were careful with the Heritage fund, they could have done what the Norwegians have done, and reinvested it into a perpetual and sustainable funding source. But they didn’t… and the resulting system fell apart when oil prices dropped in 2014.

By the way, I notice that the Rebel has ignored the Federal small-business tax cuts yesterday. To use an Ezra-esque headline, “REBEL PARTY SILENT!”
commented 2017-10-17 06:38:29 -0400
I hope we get a full analysis from the Rebel today regarding the reelection of Nenshi. At this point I believe the majority of Canadians have lost their minds .
commented 2017-10-17 05:31:01 -0400
+ Breaking News +
" Naheed Nenshi re-elected as Calgary Mayor "

Just kill me now.
commented 2017-10-17 03:43:19 -0400
As well anytime taxes are reduced significantly that increases the volume and the velocity of money flowing through your economy allowing other dynamics to take place..

so families having more money to spend is one of the dynamics that occurs to help increase the size of various competitive businesses.
commented 2017-10-17 03:41:15 -0400
Nathan.. no it wouldn’t..
commented 2017-10-17 03:23:07 -0400
Notley does not control global oil prices, and she also does not set federal tax policy.

If the effect of the small business tax change is particularly large in Alberta, wouldn`t then tend to demonstrate the original point of the reform, that wealthy individuals are gaining unintended benefit from a tax deduction that was intended to additionally incentivize investments to expand economic activity? To help small businesses to expand and be large businesses?

How does giving tax-reduced money to family help a small business to expand into a medium or large company?
commented 2017-10-17 02:41:24 -0400
Hi Holly. The leftists have used the fairness reason to attack anybody that they perceive as having more than them. Because if you have more, than you are oppressing those with less.
commented 2017-10-17 01:36:46 -0400
ROBERT HEWGILL commented 7 hours ago
The way to bring it back is to vote Alberta independence. Other wise, you’ll be enslaved to Quebec for the rest of your life.

This man speaks the truth and we should be supporting any honest person willing to sacrifice themselves in the political arena to pull Western Canada away from the eastern powers that not only hold contempt for the West but it seems the eastern powers are now severely shitting on Quebec and Ontario and quickly falling out of favour with their own.!!
commented 2017-10-16 22:44:31 -0400
“Alberta advantage” heww, Haven’t heard that phase used since Melmac took over and drained the heritage trust account.
commented 2017-10-16 21:25:54 -0400
Drew Barnes was among the 5-6 Wildrose MLAs that didn’t cross the floor. He subsequently lost the leadership to Brian Jean. He recently threw his support behind Kenney. Glad to see that he was willing to speak to The Rebel and didn’t seek approval from Kenney who threw The Rebel under the bus.
commented 2017-10-16 20:28:12 -0400
Robert Hewgill, I also agree…. not just for Alberta, but ALL western Canada. There is absolutely no advantage whatsoever for western Canadians in remaining part of Canada as it is now structured, and there are innumerable disadvantages. Unfortunately for me, I live out here on the left coast, and, though there is plenty of conservative sentiment in the BC interior (where real working people live), the coastal population is by-in-large composed of tree hugging eco-freaks, and they form the majority of BC’s population. But I suppose if Alberta and the other western provinces ever did separate, I could always move.
commented 2017-10-16 20:05:32 -0400
Thanks HOLLY , for a little hope , it’s going to be a fight fest with the greedy unions
Went through this with RALPH , oh , the screaming and the whinnying of the spoiled brat unions
One thing for sure then. , the REBEL will be the most watched news show in the province, when we vote in our provincial government