Author: Peter McCaffrey

Calgary Spending Tracker Report – 2019

Introduction   The Alberta Institute’s Calgary Spending Tracker Report for 2019 analyzes the growth in the City of Calgary’s operating budget during their most recent 4-year budget cycle, from 2015-2018. City Hall claims that spending has to go up every year because inflation pushes up the City’s costs and population growth increases the demand for […]

What Is A Spending Cut?

Calgary City Hall by Michael J on Flickr

Calgary Council claims they have cut $607 million from their budget over the last few years. But, when they say they’ve made “cuts”, they just mean that they increased spending by less than they originally planned to! Here are the actual numbers, from the city’s own documents (2014-2017 actual, 2018-2022 projected): 2014: $3.45 billion 2015: […]

Speech To The No Calgary Olympics Rally

Calgary City Hall by Michael J on Flickr

Good morning everybody and thank you for coming out. My name is Peter McCaffrey, and I’m the President of the Alberts Institute. I have been working to hold City Hall accountable for over four years and let me tell you – I haven’t been surprised by a single thing I’ve seen during this campaign, because […]

No Calgary Olympics Rally

Calgary City Hall by Michael J on Flickr

A rally for Calgary, and against the Olympic Bid, is being held this Saturday, November 10th, at Olympic Plaza (225 8 Ave SE) at 10.30am. Please come along, invite your friends, and show your support for rational public policy. There is a Facebook event you can RSVP to here. Confirmed speakers include: Calgary Councillor Jeromy […]

Councillor calls for more transparency on closed council meetings

Calgary City Hall by Michael J on Flickr

In order to draw more attention to council’s in-camera sessions, rookie Coun. Jeromy Farkas has routinely called for a recorded vote each time councillors are asked to discuss a matter in private — a move applauded by his former colleagues at the Manning Foundation. “I think it annoys some of the other councillors, but (Farkas) had […]

New survey shows Calgarians want to know how their tax dollars are being spent

Calgary City Hall by Michael J on Flickr

Moreover, Peter McCaffrey, former research director at the Manning Centre and current president of a new think-tank, the Alberta Institute, believes taxes are difficult to accept because the results are often intangible. “Whenever someone else spends your money for you, it’s much harder to see the benefit, and people question, much more, whether there is […]


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