Shredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party Government

Paperback | February 1, 1997

byKevin Taft

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Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)

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Are we victims of a politically induced amnesia? Have we been fed a reconstructed history, courtesy of our elected politicians? Kevin Taft thinks so - and he has chosen to make a case study of Albertans in Shredding the Public Interest. Taft shows that Ralph Klein and his government have managed to eliminate Alberta's deficit, but at t...

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Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)

Kevin Taft never thought he?d be a politician. A public policy analyst and head of his own Edmonton-based consulting company, Kevin?s life took a sharp turn when he returned to Alberta in 1994 after a year away studying for a business degree. ?Alberta had changed,? he recalls. ?The government was gutting our health care system without...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 7.35 × 4.5 × 0.32 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:Parkland Institute

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Are we victims of a politically induced amnesia? Have we been fed a reconstructed history, courtesy of our elected politicians? Kevin Taft thinks so - and he has chosen to make a case study of Albertans in Shredding the Public Interest. Taft shows that Ralph Klein and his government have managed to eliminate Alberta's deficit, but at the cost of basic services like health care. Meanwhile, the Klein government has spent more on subsidies to the private sector than any other Canadian province.

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"When the [Parkland] institute opened, it immediately raised the ire of the provincial government with the release of a book by Kevin Taft, now leader of Alberta's opposition Liberals, entitled Shredding the Public Interest." Richard Cairney, University of Alberta ExpressNews