Larry Johnsrude

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The Alberta Advantage

When recently researching public debt, I found an article from India that gave reasons why a country would turn to deficit financing. The first example was when the world dealt with the cost of rebuilding after the Second World War. Another was when developing countries try to achieve faster economic ...

Grading Notley and Co.

Two years ago Alberta elected an NDP government. Right-wing pundits forecast disaster. Environmentalists were optimistic. The optimists may have been right. The NDP inherited many environmental challenges—most critically, water security and climate change. At mid-term, our new government has outperformed the old PCs on both. David Schindler, one of Canada’s best-known ...

No Free Lunch

Poleconomy, a 1980s family board game billed as “The Game of Canada,” has you move plastic beaver tokens, buy real-life companies and try to amass the most money. Occasionally you get elected prime minister and can set interest rates and corporate taxes—raising them through the roof, obviously, if your opponents ...