January 11, 2018

Report: Alberta leads the pack in taxpayer handouts — but sees least return

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show


A new report from the University of Calgary School of Public Policy says that Alberta gives more taxpayer handouts to private enterprise than any other jurisdiction in Canada, $100 more per capita than the next closest jurisdiction, Quebec.

According to 2014-2015 numbers, that amounts to $640 per person.

Even more shocking, the report said half of the overall subsidies handed out failed to improve the economic performance of the recipient companies.

But it gets crazier. Eleven per cent of the subsidies handed out had no rationale nor metric to measure the benefit to the taxpayer at all. It was just free money, no strings attached.

In Alberta, small businesses and agriculture were found to be the two most subsidized industries.

These two business demographics have also been increasingly targeted by the NDP over the past two years through increased taxes and regulation.

The NDP solution to ballooning financial burdens on farms and small businesses brought on by government policy is to give out subsidies.

Subsidies are the natural first inclination of big government to economic challenges facing businesses, when in reality handing out cash without any form of accountability should be the absolute last resort — if at all.

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commented 2018-01-16 13:44:01 -0500
Why cant the west sell oil wood etc across Canada. We could easily be a self sufficient country.
Billions of Canadian dollars spent on the 800,000 barrels a day imported from half way round the world. Saudies dont have to pay carbon taxes. How much of the cheapest dirtiest bunker C oil do they burn to get it here. Currently their is an oil tanker burning off China. This one spill is worse than all the pipeline leaks that have ever occurred in Canada.
commented 2018-01-13 02:00:24 -0500
Andrew not all are her fault, but many are and she made the worst damn problems including the record debt.
commented 2018-01-12 16:16:06 -0500
I believe that the term for this is cronyism. The government gives money to companies (and imposes regulations designed to kill their competition) in order to “save jobs” or because they’re “too big to fail” or some other such excuse. In return, the companies back the governments policies & contributes to the party directly & or indirectly & give them top executive positions when they “retire”. It’s win-win for the government & their cronies & lose-lose for taxpayers & consumers.
commented 2018-01-12 11:10:08 -0500
James Scott, your post is also a good summation. Thank you.
commented 2018-01-12 10:07:53 -0500
I have come to the conclusion that most socialist sheep are not great at critical thinking. They empower the government to run their lives. And they rely on a government (your taxes) controlled media for their information.
For instance:
Alberta Gov’t. imposes carbon tax (which will not change the Earth’s temperature)
Alberta Gov’t. pitches a LED, shower head, clothesline program costing taxpayers millions (35+), in order to reduce carbon emmissions at the producer’s end.
Alberta Gov’t. Carbon tax causes Natural Gas heating bills (Gas 150%) and gasoline/diesel at the pumps to increase (7+ cents per litre).
To ease the pain to Albertans the Alberta Gov’t cuts rebate checks using borrowed money, which is far less than what is collected through Carbon Tax.
And the Earth’s temperature remains the same.
Yet the Alberta Gov’t. states their program is working in the best interests of Albertans.
People with any level of grade three math and a little bit of critical thinking skills are able to see through this as problematic. Socialist because they rely on the government to perform their thinking on their behalf and rely on MSM as the messenger believe the likes of Trudeau and Notley.
Oh and did I mention planet Earth’s global temperature is unaffected.
commented 2018-01-12 09:19:58 -0500
Ah, so Alberta’s problems aren’t actually all Notley’s fault, meaning that blaming her is essentially scapegoating?
commented 2018-01-12 01:21:56 -0500
Fascinating how Andrew can try to criticize while still being a cheerleader for Tesla and all the wasted billions in green lunacy.
commented 2018-01-12 01:20:28 -0500
Andrew Redford was corrupt socialist from the UN. The party was no longer conservative then.
commented 2018-01-12 00:17:54 -0500
All knowing Andrew, apparently you don’t know much. In 2014/15 there was a leftist regressive globalist fucktard in charge, Queen Alison Redfraud. So ya, it was about the left then as well.
commented 2018-01-11 20:34:37 -0500
Socialism is nothing more than a slow death and Socialists are the Grim Reapers. Until they have dragged us all down into the bottomless pit, they will never rest. Of course, socialism being just a polite form of Marxism, espoused by it’s Canadian leader Mumshadit Trudeau, a wannabe Muslim with a yen to rid this once fine Country of all it’s Pale Faces. All people of fair complexion, be aware. Your life expectancy is limited. Come next winter we could all be out in chain gangs painting the snow Black or Muslim Brown.
commented 2018-01-11 20:11:31 -0500
Fascinating how you can take numbers from 2014-15 and still make it about leftists. WHO was premier when that budget was tabled?
commented 2018-01-11 20:09:16 -0500
Question for the Lefties-Why is it you get all upset when the government subsidizes something helpful and stable and fullfills a need but you say nothing when government subsidizes their cronies and puts tons of cash into useless virtue signalling and D.O.A. products and stuff that is not at all practical or wanted by many?
commented 2018-01-11 20:07:32 -0500
Great commentary Sheila.
Notley’s backward economics bleeds the taxpayer dry & she and Wynne both belong in jail for their managed decline of Alberta & Ontario!
commented 2018-01-11 20:06:34 -0500
And left wingers still claim they hate when governments hand out cash, yet they hand it out like candy to useless sinkholes.
commented 2018-01-11 19:05:17 -0500
commented 2018-01-11 19:02:59 -0500
Good video SHEILA
Im telling you guys , the GUNN SHOW on premium content is a must , lots a good GUNN SMOKE!
She’s like the modern day sheriff of dodge city, exposing the dirty polititians that come into the area and kicks them out , plus you EZRA as a good second as a consolation
commented 2018-01-11 18:34:28 -0500
… The Left loves subsidies.
… It creates dependence, and gives them power.
… Subsidies are an insult to a free nation- the role of the state forcing money from one citizen to another.