EDMONTON—The Alberta Government’s 2015-16 budget was released today and brought in some modest changes to our revenue system that will increase the tax load on average Albertans without touching the huge tax benefits for wealthy individuals and corporations.
“Alberta could have fixed our unfair tax system, which still leaves us $10.6 billion lower in tax revenue than the second-lowest tax jurisdiction in Canada,” said Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta. “Instead, Alberta’s families will feel the impact of larger class sizes, fewer students enrolling in post-secondary education, seniors losing their drug benefits, and cities losing much-needed infrastructure funds.”Read more
Dear Public Interest Alberta supporters: In the 2012 election, the Alberta PC Party promised it would fund full-day kindergarten for all Albertans. To date, it has failed to follow through on its promise and is now saying Alberta cannot afford it. The 30-second video below shows how making our tax system more fair would give Alberta the revenue we need for the government to follow through on its promise.Read more
On February 9, 2015, Public Interest Alberta released the results of a province-wide survey of parents, teachers, education workers, and students, called “Alarm Bells Ringing: Voices from Schools”.Read more
EDMONTON—Representatives of Public Interest Alberta (PIA) today released a report summarizing what the organization heard about unacceptable classroom and school conditions around Alberta in a recent online survey. The survey was conducted in November and December of 2014, and asked teachers, parents, educational staff and students to describe the situation in their classroom and school.Read more
In the 2012 election, the Alberta PC Party promised it would fund full-day kindergarten for all Albertans. To date, it has failed to follow through on its promise and is now saying Alberta cannot afford it. This 30-second video shows how making our tax system more fair would give Alberta the revenue we need for the government to follow through on its promise. [VIDEO]Read more
EDMONTON&mdashPublic Interest Alberta launched the first of five animated commercials today to build public pressure on Premier Prentice to fix Alberta’s flawed and unfair tax system so that we can invest in public services like full-day kindergarten in the future.
“If we don’t challenge the Premier to establish a progressive income tax and fair corporate taxes today, then in future years we not be able to invest in important services that matter to Albertans,” says Bill Moore-Kilgannon, Executive Director of Public Interest Alberta.Read more
"While many school boards across Alberta, including those in Calgary, offer some full-day kindergarten programs, the province only provides funding for half-day programs, which requires boards to allocate money from their budgets. Julie Hrdlicka, outreach co-ordinator for Public Interest Alberta, said full-day kindergarten helps kids — particularly ones from low-income families that can’t afford costly early childhood care — achieve equal footing with their classmates by the time they enter Grade 1."Read more
We recently had the below video commissioned to commemorate our 10th anniversary advocating for the public interest in Alberta. Please share it widely to bring greater awareness to what we do and the issues we advocate for. The video was made by Don Bouzek, and the music is by Maria Dunn. [VIDEO]Read more
We have a new handout for our Alberta Could campaign! Check out the media section of our "Alberta Could" website, where you can download the handout and check out other materials from the campaign for fair taxation in Alberta.Read more
"The dollars are there. With no tax increases, everyday Alberta families could see smaller class sizes, more child-care facilities and long-promised nursing care spaces for their elderly parents. What’s more, says Bill Moore-Kilgannon, hard-working Albertans earning anywhere from $25,000 to $90,000 per year would actually pay less income tax. That could happen, he says, if the Alberta government collected income tax in the same way as every other province."Read more