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Where the UCP got the money to balance the budget

Last week, the UCP released their latest provincial budget. In this article, I break down where all the revenue is coming from.

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New UCP budget shows 100s of job cuts

The UCP’s final budget of their 4-year term shows a loss of nearly 900 public sector jobs over the last 4 years.

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Alberta coal production plummeted in 2021

Last year, Alberta’s coal industry saw its lowest production levels in over a decade.

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Fewest job-creating companies in AB since 2014

The number of Alberta companies employing workers has been decreasing since the middle of 2015.

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Over 70,000 Alberta workers on EI

In December 2021, Alberta saw more people on EI than every December over the last 20 years, except for two.

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Fact checking 11 UCP claims about Alberta’s economy

A new website published by Alberta’s UCP government made 11 claims about the economy. I fact checked each one.

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Alberta gained 6,000 oil & gas jobs in 2021

But we’re still below 2018 levels.

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AB gains 11K part-time jobs, loses 4K full-time jobs

Alberta had the highest unemployment rate in Western Canada in January 2022 and the only Western province with unemployment still over 6%.

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EI claims jump after Liberals cancel CRB

But that’s probably because there were still 227,000 more people unemployed in October 2021 than there were two years prior, before the pandemic.

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AB hourly workers making 15¢/hr more than in 2020

On average, wages for all Alberta workers are up by more than $35 a week. But most of that increase is with salaried workers.