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The Pros and Cons of a Sales Tax for Alberta

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Alberta remains the only province in Canada without a provincial sales tax or a harmonized sales tax. Indeed, the PST is often labelled a “Political Suicide Tax.” With the oil bust cutting provincial government revenue drastically, the province has been running very large deficits forecast to continue into the next decade. Public discussion of this taboo topic in Alberta politics has been, and continues to be, limited to say the least! And yet, there are compelling reasons for adopting such a tax. There are also reasons for rejecting such a tax initiative.

In a new format, ESNA has invited speakers from differing perspectives to share their insights on the subject.

Bev Dahlby is a Distinguished Fellow in Tax and Economic Growth and Research Director in the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary.

Colin Craig previously worked for the CTF from 2008 to 2015, serving as the organization’s Prairie Director
(MB/SK) based in Winnipeg.

In 2015, Gil McGowan was re-elected to a record sixth term as president of the Alberta Federation of
Labour (AFL), Alberta’s largest union organization, representing more than 170,000 workers in both the public and private sectors.

Elizabeth Smythe is a professor of political science and coordinator of the political economy program at Concordia
University of Edmonton.

Bob Ascah (event Moderator) is a Fellow of the Institute for Public Economics and its former director. He is
effectively retired and amuses himself with a blog Albertarecessionwatch.com. He holds degrees in Commerce and
Public Administration (M.A) from Carleton University and completed a Ph.D in political science at the UofA in 1984.


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