Monday, October 03, 2005

Report: Alberta considering cutting every tax under the sun

If only a few of these come to pass we'll be pleased and vindicated, as we're the voice in the wilderness on tax cuts in Alberta. Cutting taxes may be the only way to get the Alberta government to control spending. Killing two birds with one stone.

Not everyone is desperate for tax cuts at the earliest possible moment, however. Ray Prins, MLA from Lacombe-Stettler, said he's advising constituents not to necessarily expect a reduction.

Prins has a handy list of oil prices from recent history that he hauls out when people start talking too aggressively about recent natural resource wealth and the possibilities of tax relief.

"The average price of oil just four years ago was $25.90," says Prins, who then reads down the list: "In 1999 it was $19.24; 2000 it was $30.20; 2001 it was $25.90. Two years ago the average price was $30.90, so I don't think we should be basing our future on what's happening this year."

Well, that would seem like common sense. Except for the fact that Alberta has based it's spending on the premise that the oil boom will continue forever. I'm sure Mr. Prins is hopping mad about that.

13 comments:

Union Member said...

Do away with the regressive tax called Health Premiums !
Restore funding to social programs !

Should CHOICE ONLY be FOR the WEALTHY ?

Shawn said...

Actually, instituting a flat income tax with a cap at some level would probably be a much better idea. Institute larger tax credits for private giving particularly in the area of healthcare, or even allow a 110% deduction for healthcare services/goods donations. Get people re-involved in charitable giving rather than allowing the government to pretend it is the good guy all the time.

Union Member said...

Yeah, New Orleans showed us how effective that idea can be.

Shawn said...

I thought the topic was Alberta?? By the way, New Orleans is a veritable utopia of social spending and look what it got people. I would like to avoid the potential for a repeat of that here if God forbid a disaster struck.

New Orleans is a perfect example of the folly of creating dependency on the government to do everything for you. Initiative is destroyed, self-reliance disappears, and everything is someone else's fault.

Anonymous said...

I think the Flames are the worst team in the NHL. they are so overrated.

And i'm willing to bet that "union member" doesn't live in Alberta. I mean, do we even have unions anymore? whats the need for them? they should be extinct.

David MacLean said...

I will only say this: The Calgary Flames are going to destroy the oilers this season, and everyone knows it.

And now, back to taxes....

Freedom b4 ideology said...

Does anyone else find the irony in "union member's" question about choice only being for the wealthy? and yet through socialist policies governments are always taking away people's choices. Crown corporations, hidden taxes, and I could go on. I think the best example though is when I worked in a grocery store for a part time job to put myself through university, we were forced to be part of the Union, and when I tried to get out of it, in order to make more money, i was told that I didn't have a choice of whether or not I could be in the union, i HAD to be in it. So, is choice only for non-union members?

Anonymous said...

Unions operate on a lowest common denominator mentality. They drag down the upper echelon workers in favour of the lower echelon people, those who are lazy, unmotivated and troubled. They hide behind phrases like "living wages" and "working together" but really they only make things worse for themselves, and the saddest part is they can't even see that.

Shawn said...

Dead on the money. Unions are big "choice" boosters except for when it comes to joining them, allowing competition against them, etc.

Adam Taylor said...

Not to deviate from the debate but The Ottawa Senators are this years champs, sorry Calgary and Edmonton fans, maybe next year:)

big c said...

Ottawa? as in the Sens? not likely, David Dingwall could buy a better team on the taxpayer's dime.
Hasek's knees are wonkier than the NDP's policy on tax reform. There's alot of "if's" out there for Ottawa. Sorry Adam, just like in inter-provincial politics, the Alberta teams are the "elephant in the room"

Adam Taylor said...

Haha, I guess we'll see. Should be a great season for all of Canada's teams. I hope all do well - except the Leafs of course.

big c said...

I agree, i'm pretty sure no one counts the Leafs as a "Canadian" team. I do hope for Ottawa's sake though that they meet the Leafs in the playoffs. I don't think you can raise the Cup and feel proud as a Senator unless you beat the Leafs in a playoff series, and beat them very badly.

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