Economics Society of Northern Alberta Presents: 22 May 2018





ESNA Members:          $30

Students:                     $25


The Economics Society of Northern Alberta’s May luncheon speaker, Jason Unger, will speak on the much-discussed topic of the Trans Mountain pipeline.  This divisive issue has gripped the national policy agenda not unlike the pipeline debate of the 1950s when C.D. Howe piloted through the Transcanada pipeline legislation through a raucous Parliament  in the 1950s.  This event was seen as the main cause of the election of a Diefenbaker minority government in the 1957 general election. The speaker


Jason Unger (pictured above) is the Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre, a charity committed to environmental law education and reform to foster a clean and healthy environment for current and future generations of Albertans.  Called to the Alberta Bar in 2002, Jason worked in litigation and regulatory law practice in both Calgary and Edmonton, prior to joining the Environmental Law Centre as staff counsel in 2005.   Since joining the Centre Jason has developed expertise in water law, liability related to industrial sites, conservation tools on private lands, species at risk, environmental assessment, and administrative law.


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Freedom of expression in the Oil State of Alberta

Originally posted 25 April 2018

  • Pressure applied to Business and Engineering faculties
  • UofA President re-affirms academic freedom and independence

The decision by the Senate of the University of Alberta to award a honourary doctorate of science to Dr. David Suzuki has moved into the hysteria stage. This afternoon on the 8th Floor of the Henry Marshall Tory Building at U of A, home to the Economics Department of the Faculty of Arts, I stumbled across the below notice.

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Forum on Provincial Budget IPE – 18 April 2018

Below are details pertaining to the Institute for Public Economics’s forum on the Alberta government’s budget tabled on 22 March.

The Institute for Public Economics invites you to attend its annual Post-mortem on the provincial budget. On March 22nd Finance Minister Joe Ceci tabled his fourth budget. In Budget 2018 A Recovery built to last, the provincial government expects to spend $56.2 billion will taking in revenue of $47.9 billion. In addition, $4.1 billion of capital investment will be made.  A key part of this year’s budget is the government’s stated intention to eliminate the deficit by fiscal 2023-24.

The post-mortem will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday 18 April in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies Room CCIS 1-440 on the main University of Alberta Campus.

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