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Beyond the big idea – redefining ‘innovation’ to include small business

December 16, 2016
Google. Apple. Shopify. 3M. These companies tend to come to mind when we talk about ‘innovation’. We picture it as something that takes place in a computer lab, usually in the science or tech field. But, for most of Canada’s independent businesses, innovation does not necessarily mean developing a new app or wearable technology.

Immigrants Are the Solution to Canada's Labour Shortage

July 7, 2016
With Canada's economy still stuck in what is best described as neutral, you would think Canadian workers would be clamoring to scoop up what are reported to be scarce jobs across the country.

Opinion: New city tax powers are still on the table

June 15, 2016
Countless Calgarians felt the sting of property tax increases this month. But the tax burden could grow much larger for city residents — before they get a chance to have their say. The Alberta government recently released its updated Municipal Government Act, the framework managing the relationship between the province and municipalities. Now, Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee is touring Alberta to hear what the public thinks.

Amber Ruddy: Alberta's small business tax cut first step on a long to-do list

April 17, 2016
For years Alberta’s governments have rested on their laurels and the province’s reputation as the best place in Canada to own and operate a business. Taking this status for granted left policy-makers complacent and the Alberta Advantage slowly languished.

Ruddy: The Alberta Advantage is in critical condition

March 19, 2016
New survey findings from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business show two-thirds of entrepreneurs feel the Alberta Advantage no longer exists. Only a quarter felt the same way one year ago.

How Ottawa can shed a few pounds and avoid becoming badly out of shape from mounting deficits

March 7, 2016
Sometimes bad choices seem almost impossible to avoid. But they always catch up with you. This lesson is just as applicable to budget-making. What starts out as a commitment to three deficits no greater than $10 billion can quickly become $18 billion.

Farmers continue to bear the brunt of red tape; Alberta’s Bill 6 makes matters worse

February 22, 2016
Alberta farmers worry that this “one-size-fits-all” legislation will hurt the province’s already fragile economy and there has been little opportunity for input. Farmers care about their employees - most of them are family and friends.

Ruddy: Red tape has entrepreneurs all tied up

January 20, 2016
With the economy on everyone’s mind, it’s time to address a silent job-killer that is growing largely unnoticed by policy makers. It goes by the name red tape.

Truscott: Stop dog-piling on small business

January 7, 2016
No doubt, the price of oil is at the heart of Alberta’s economic woes. But time and again, the provincial government has made a bad economic situation even worse by piling on aggressive, dogmatic, and hastily-implemented new policies, one after another.
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