An Alberta Case Study             Diana Gibson, Parkland Institute
   Less reliance on taxes   Regulatory capture   undermining democracy   Dutch disease   Inequality and a system skew...
   From 1989 to 2008, Alberta’s spending as a portion    of GDP shrank 40 percent—and is easily lowest    among provinces...
60000                  50000                  40000$Million (2002)                  30000                          Corpora...
Table 1: Changes in selected fiscal indicators in Alberta, 1989-1993 vs. 2004-2008                          1989-1993     ...
ROYALTIES
85%80%75%                                                                            Rest of Canada                       ...
Share of Earnings top and bottom half of households                               90%                               80%   ...
$700,000$600,000$500,000$400,000                                                                       Threshold$300,000  ...
Median Alberta Income        Median CEO IncomeTop 5 Median CEO Income                                   $11,084,12        ...
Year                            %2008                            40.62004                            44.72001             ...
2Albertans Believe that Government Should be Doing More  Believe gov’t should be doing more or at least the same to       ...
21    By a 2:1 margin, Albertans believe in funding social           programs over eliminating the deficitQ   Which statem...
22Q   Do you agree or disagree with the following statements?                                     Note: ‘Don’t know/Refuse...
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook
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  • What I will talk about today.
  • growth losers, such as Nigeria, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, are all resource-rich, while the Asian tigers: Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, are all resource-poor.However Australia, Canada and Norway are opposite experiences. Recent studies look at institutional strength to break the resource curse. Studies of growth impacts of resource wealth – institutions - especially low levels of corruption, law and democracy.
  • From 2005 to 2008, for example, Alberta’s per capita spending on social services was 33 percent lower than the national average.
  • The top and bottom bars are illustrations that Albertans are not the stereotypical “hard right-wingers” that some might believe.
  • Diana Gibson April 13 Corner Brook

    1. 1. An Alberta Case Study Diana Gibson, Parkland Institute
    2. 2.  Less reliance on taxes Regulatory capture undermining democracy Dutch disease Inequality and a system skewed in the interest of corporations and the corporate elite.
    3. 3.  From 1989 to 2008, Alberta’s spending as a portion of GDP shrank 40 percent—and is easily lowest among provinces. Alberta’s economy has grown 76 percent more than population and inflation in the past 20 years. Corporate profits more than doubled their share of Alberta’s economy from 1989 to 2008, rising from 9.6 percent to 22.6 percent.
    4. 4. 60000 50000 40000$Million (2002) 30000 Corporate Profits Corporate Tax Revenues 20000 10000 0
    5. 5. Table 1: Changes in selected fiscal indicators in Alberta, 1989-1993 vs. 2004-2008 1989-1993 2004-2008 Five Year Average Five Year Average Change (per capita, 02 $) (per capita, 02 $) (per capita, 02 $) Change (%)Health Care 2,061 2,563 502 24.35%K-12 Education 1,248 1,276 28 2.28%Post Secondary 819 1,014 195 23.87%Social Services 1,546 1,032 -514 -33.26%Personal Income 28,214 37,041 8,828 31.29%Corporate profits 2,923 13,290 10,367 354.68%
    6. 6. ROYALTIES
    7. 7. 85%80%75% Rest of Canada Alberta70%65%60% 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
    8. 8. Share of Earnings top and bottom half of households 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Bottom 50% Top 50%
    9. 9. $700,000$600,000$500,000$400,000 Threshold$300,000 Average$200,000$100,000 $0 NL PEI NS NB QC ON MB SK AB BC Canada
    10. 10. Median Alberta Income Median CEO IncomeTop 5 Median CEO Income $11,084,12 3.00 $2,473,439. 00 $68,100.00 Median Alberta Incomes
    11. 11. Year %2008 40.62004 44.72001 52.81997 52.81993 60.2 In the last election Alberta had the lowest turnout for a Canadian provincial election in the last 50 years.
    12. 12. 2Albertans Believe that Government Should be Doing More Believe gov’t should be doing more or at least the same to protect free, high quality healthcare. Believe gov’t should be doing more or at least the same to reduce GHGs.
    13. 13. 21 By a 2:1 margin, Albertans believe in funding social programs over eliminating the deficitQ Which statement is closest to your view? The provincial government should increase finding for social programs such as health and education even if it means running a deficit -or- The provincial government should eliminate the deficit, even if it means reducing funding for social programs such as health and education
    14. 14. 22Q Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Note: ‘Don’t know/Refused’ not shown

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