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« Reply #1425 on: March 26, 2015, 11:16:20 pm »
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A strange poll on Alberta's provincial voting intentions:
http://1abvote.ca/poll-prentices-table-chat-pc-voting-intentions/

26% PC
23% NDP
21% Wildrose
20% Liberal
9% Alberta

Does the pollster have any credibility here? It doesn't seem realistic for the NDP to have a chance of winning... it should be an easy PC win, no?

It would be great news if this poll was in any way accurate. Not just because the centre/left can have a chance, but a four-way race would be a well-needed shake-up in Albertan politics.

It should be noted that the group behind this survey is advocating for the progressive parties in Alberta to jointly nominate candidates in order to take out the PCs.  

Regarding the numbers, the PCs seem to be polling much too low, especially given Angus-Reid's recent job approval numbers for Premier Prentice, and the general disorganization of the opposition.  The NDP numbers are actually fairly believable, since they're really the only opposition party that's acting competently as of late.  I'd expect the Liberals and WRP to both be a little lower (maybe around 15%) in reality.  And there's no way that the Alberta Party is at 9%.


EDIT: on the topic of Alberta, the government tabled the budget for this year today.  Notable amongst the changes is the abandonment of the flat income tax; starting in 2016, new higher tax brackets will come into existence for incomes between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, and for incomes over $250,000 per year.
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« Reply #1426 on: March 27, 2015, 03:27:41 pm »
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NDP would tax stock-options, as more and more executives are paid in stock-options to evade taxes. Would be interested to hear Liberal and Conservative reaction to that.
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« Reply #1427 on: March 27, 2015, 09:26:18 pm »
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NDP would tax stock-options, as more and more executives are paid in stock-options to evade taxes. Would be interested to hear Liberal and Conservative reaction to that.

What exactly are they doing?

All the articles and press releases say things like close the loophole, but they could mean three or four different things by that since stock options are such an odd sort of income from a taxation perspective.
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« Reply #1428 on: March 27, 2015, 09:28:07 pm »
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EDIT: on the topic of Alberta, the government tabled the budget for this year today.  Notable amongst the changes is the abandonment of the flat income tax; starting in 2016, new higher tax brackets will come into existence for incomes between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, and for incomes over $250,000 per year.

One small quibble. I wouldn't really call Alberta's taxation truly flat in the first place. I count 18 tax credits on their provincial return Tongue
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« Reply #1429 on: March 28, 2015, 12:15:20 am »
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NDP would tax stock-options, as more and more executives are paid in stock-options to evade taxes. Would be interested to hear Liberal and Conservative reaction to that.

What exactly are they doing?

All the articles and press releases say things like close the loophole, but they could mean three or four different things by that since stock options are such an odd sort of income from a taxation perspective.

Well, I'm not part of the NDP leader ship and they don't seem to have described in details how they would do it (which is normal, you want to convince voters, not explain fiscality to specialists).
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« Reply #1430 on: March 28, 2015, 03:04:44 pm »
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EDIT: on the topic of Alberta, the government tabled the budget for this year today.  Notable amongst the changes is the abandonment of the flat income tax; starting in 2016, new higher tax brackets will come into existence for incomes between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, and for incomes over $250,000 per year.

One small quibble. I wouldn't really call Alberta's taxation truly flat in the first place. I count 18 tax credits on their provincial return Tongue

Haha, I recall a talking point much along those lines in the government's 2014 tax plan documents.
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« Reply #1431 on: March 28, 2015, 03:50:49 pm »
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NDP would tax stock-options, as more and more executives are paid in stock-options to evade taxes. Would be interested to hear Liberal and Conservative reaction to that.

What exactly are they doing?

All the articles and press releases say things like close the loophole, but they could mean three or four different things by that since stock options are such an odd sort of income from a taxation perspective.

Well, I'm not part of the NDP leader ship and they don't seem to have described in details how they would do it (which is normal, you want to convince voters, not explain fiscality to specialists).

Ok. One small quibble. The reason why stock options are so popular is because they are a cheap form of compensation for the company, not because of the favourable tax treatment the employee receives.
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« Reply #1432 on: March 28, 2015, 07:40:28 pm »
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Danielle Smith got thumped in her PC nomination bid. Dramatic if unsurprising end to this season of Albertan House of Cards.
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« Reply #1433 on: March 28, 2015, 07:42:07 pm »
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Danielle Smith got thumped in her PC nomination bid. Dramatic if unsurprising end to this season of Albertan House of Cards.
Her star sure has fallen.
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« Reply #1434 on: March 28, 2015, 08:02:01 pm »
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Danielle Smith got thumped in her PC nomination bid. Dramatic if unsurprising end to this season of Albertan House of Cards.

Wow. Makes sense though, Tories in her riding were probably pissed of with her winning the seat in the first place.
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« Reply #1435 on: March 28, 2015, 08:17:14 pm »
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If Prentice really wanted her, he'd have appointed, but didn't. I wouldn't be surprised if as Levant noted on Twitter, Manning hires her.
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« Reply #1436 on: March 28, 2015, 08:49:00 pm »
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Why did she join the PCs again?
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« Reply #1437 on: March 29, 2015, 06:08:25 am »
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Why did she join the PCs again?

Because she's dumb and massively overestimated her popularity with a party she spent several years attacking?

Seriously though, how the hell do you engineer a mass floor-crossing and not negotiate guaranteed nominations?
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« Reply #1438 on: March 29, 2015, 06:15:51 am »
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To use the obvious QC parallel, Duplessis didn't go outta his way to keep Gouin and Hamel either. Unconditional surrender is just that.
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