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Political Writer — Calgary Herald

Calgary Herald political writer based at the Alberta Legislature. dhenton@calgaryherald.com

Big city mayors back review of Alberta’s flat tax on income

calgaryherald.com — The mayors of Alberta's two biggest cities says it is time for the province to re-examine its 10 per cent flat tax on income as Premier Jim Prentice acknowledges his cash-strapped government is looking closely at the levy.

Alberta rates sixth out of 10 provinces in fiscal management: Fraser Institute

calgaryherald.com — Alberta gets a failing grade in fiscal management and is ranked sixth out of the 10 provinces, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute. Newfoundland and Labrador was rated first in the country, followed by Saskatchewan and British Columbia in the rankings released by the right-wing think-tank on Thursday.

Power market watchdog attacks TransAlta defence in price manipulation hearing

calgaryherald.com — TransAlta's argument that market rules allowed it to shut down power plants during peak demand to drive up prices is simply a "back door" attempt to justify its "blatantly" anti-competitive behaviour, says the market watchdog.

News story about TransAlta tipped trading, watchdog claims

calgaryherald.com — A TransAlta official exclaimed "Holy crap!" when he realized the Calgary-based utility was contemplating shutting two generator units at the province's largest power plant for a year. "I mean, holy crap - this isn't an outage move," Nathan Kaiser remarked in an email to a senior TransAlta official on Dec.

Prentice says he needs mandate to tackle oil crisis

calgaryherald.com — Premier Jim Prentice says he needs a mandate from Albertans to address the province's economic woes, triggering more speculation about a snap spring election. The Progressive Conservative leader has gone from initially saying he would abide by Alberta's fixed election law - with the next vote due in 2016 - to not ruling out an early election, but Friday he linked the general election to the budget.

Alberta to open limited health record online portal before end of year

calgaryherald.com — Albertans may have Internet access to some of their own health records before the end of 2015. Health minister spokesman Steve Buick said the ministry hopes to be a national leader in posting patient-accessible health records on a secure website.

Sales tax, progressive income tax among Alberta revenue options

calgaryherald.com — Premier Jim Prentice has put all options on the table as the Alberta government struggles with a potential $6-billion to $7-billion hole in the spring budget thanks to the plunge in oil prices. Even the unthinkable in Alberta politics - a sales tax - has been floated by the premier.

Power transmission costs in Alberta expected to nearly double over next decade

calgaryherald.com — Alberta power consumers are going to be whacked in the pocketbook with transmission costs on their power bills forecast to nearly double over the next decade.

Dirks says he made right decision approving portable classrooms in his own riding

calgaryherald.com — Despite being accused of "blatant political opportunism" by Alberta's ethics commissioner, Education Minister Gordon Dirks is sticking by his decision to approve portable classrooms for a school in his Calgary riding during a byelection.

No sacred cows once oil prices tank, advise former finance ministers

calgaryherald.com — With Alberta facing plunging oil prices and massive drops in government revenue, there can be no sacred cows when it comes to wielding the budget axe, say former finance ministers who have weathered similar fiscal crises.
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Jan 25, 2015

RT @a_zabjek: For something completely different, a chat with Chris Zdeb about the awesome & awful historical stories she covers. http://…

Jan 25, 2015

RT @ChrisVarcoe: With 2,000 applicants with open files under Disaster Recovery Program, Prentice pledges $20M to fast-track claims. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @Dave_CHED: There's a twist!! The last two picks get a car!! The NUGE gets a car!!

Jan 23, 2015

RT @JamesWoodHerald: Updated: Wildrose announces June 6 leadership contest despite likely spring election, bars Anders from race calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg

Jan 23, 2015

RT @paulisci: I really hope Alberta's fixed election date law is amended with the words "or whatever" added at the end. #ableg

Jan 23, 2015

Justin Trudeau speaks at #yyc Petro Club on energy and the economy Feb 6 #ableg

Jan 23, 2015

RT @ChrisVarcoe: Wildrose sets leadership contest forJune 6 but MP Rob Anders won’t be on the ballot. calgaryherald.com/news/politics/… #ableg #cdnpoli #yyc #yeg

Jan 23, 2015

Wildrose says the next leader of the party will be selected June 6 at Coast Plaza Hotel in #yyc - likely after the April election #ableg

Jan 23, 2015

I always appreciated the fact Fred Horne spoke in complete sentences — maybe a product of his days on his university debating team. #ableg

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