The Shotgun Blog
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Meanwhile in Wildrose Country...
Tax cuts for large corporations doesn't sound like a winning slogan for a new party. But they do things differently out in Alberta.
The top level of the royalty rates for conventional oil and gas must come back down, Ms. Smith added. On natural gas, the top-level rates should once again be around 30%, rather than the 50% they were increased to under the new royalty framework.
Here is the party's press release on the issue.
Posted by Richard Anderson on March 18, 2010 | Permalink
They are betting it is a winner politically or they wouldn't do it. I think they are right, and economically we will be better off, so I am in favor of it.
Posted by: TM | 2010-03-18 2:08:47 PM
I'm just concerned that she and her party will be too timid in power.
Posted by: Cytotoxic | 2010-03-18 7:57:23 PM
The way things have evolved federally, we need a strong voice provincially - not just someone like Klein who roared once in a while but in reality, simply towed the Federal line. Albertans must realize by now that Liberal or Liberal Lite/Red Tory rules Canada - regardless of which party is in power.
D. Smith is showing little indication that she wants to be part of this and a bigger question is whether or not she could handle this. If more of the existing PC move in to the WAP, it is not likely to be any different from where we are now - basically rolling over on all things federally dictated - like accepting the existing pressure to having AB become Officially Bilingual. What are the ramifications now that Marciano, a top level federal PC organizer, is now the exec. director of the WAP. Harper is a control freak and is this his plan to try to control/align the WAP federally. So far the WAP has been about Oil Patch First and now apparently moving in the direction of Business next via tax cuts. Nothing here is really about more Alberta and Less Ottawa. Since there is a real possibility that the WAP might replace the PCs, it is incumbent upon them to start coming out with concrete policies that they would work toward and not simply castigate the PCs on all they are doing/have done that is wrong - not that there hasn't been a whole lot of fodder here - but surely she doesn't expect the voters to give her a "blank cheque" so to speak.
Posted by: Calgary Clippper | 2010-03-18 11:25:30 PM
Then maybe what we need is to revisit the Firewall. While we are at it we can replace the 10% provincial income tax with a 10% sales tax on everything. I am advised it would bring in more money and would decimate the tax department saving even more money.
Posted by: DML | 2010-03-21 10:46:40 PM
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