School of Public Policy Releases Paper entitled, Will Alberta Lose its Tax

CALGARY, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary is pleased to release a communiqué by Jack Mintz, Director and Chair of the School of Public Policy. The paper is entitled "Will Alberta Lose its Tax Advantage". The communiqué was presented today, October 14th at 8:10 am mountain to an audience at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary.

Communiqués are brief articles that deal with a singular public policy issue and are intended to provide the reader with a focused, concise critical analysis of a specific policy issue.

    Excerpted from the communiqué,

        "Alberta historically has prided itself on its provincial tax
        advantage, and for good reason. With abundant natural resource
        revenues, the province has been able to leverage its advantage to
        attract capital and people in order to grow and diversify its
        economy. Low tax rates have also meant fewer disincentives for people
        to work and invest in Alberta than they face in other provinces.

        Alberta's tax advantage, however, is diminishing as tax regimes in
        other provinces become more competitive. In part, this is good news
        for Alberta since tax reductions, both in other provinces and at the
        federal level, make Canada a more attractive place in which to do
        business, which, in turn, increases demand for Alberta's goods and
        services. The bad news is that Alberta could lose its tax advantage
        altogether within a decade if its balanced-budget spending growth
        requires increased taxation."

The full text of the communiqué is available at Click on link to publications.

SOURCE The School of Public Policy

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