Alberta Pension Plan Debate

There's been no shortage of discussion and debate around the Alberta Pension Plan proposal in the last few weeks - much of it on social media, and much of it without merit.

Pundits have been offering up a variety of opinions, and all the usual suspects are critical of the plan.

Assorted union executives, NDP activists, and mainstream media types have been fear-mongering and disparaging the idea of a provincial pension. 

But at the Alberta Institute, one of our jobs is to take on the responsibility of promoting important public policy issues, which is why our President, Peter McCaffrey, agreed to participate in a public debate with a couple of these doubters.

Yesterday, Peter joined radio host turned podcast host Dean Blundell and Alberta columnist Max Fawcett, and over the course of 90 minutes, walked them and the audience through the actual facts about an Alberta Pension Plan.

So, if you're interested in learning more about the APP proposal yourself, or you just want to watch a good debate, then take a look:



If you still have questions, don’t worry - we've almost finished writing a really detailed explainer piece that covers all the various myths and facts about the Alberta Pension Plan proposal, and it'll be in your inbox early next week.

In the meantime, if you'd like to support our work promoting an Alberta Pension Plan, and other pro-Alberta policies, please consider making a donation towards our efforts.

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  • Susan Fox
    commented 2023-11-10 06:43:31 -0700
    Blundell, you seem to be out of touch with reality! A fascist NDP mentality! If you would have lived in AB, experienced the East using Ab as their breadbasket for decades, then on top of that, a NAZI brainless kid running the Canadian country, destroying the very revenue that feeds them, YOU MIGHT HAVE DEVELOPED A BETTER ATTITUDE AND SUPPORT WHAT’S TRUTH!!!
  • Clayton Oberg
    commented 2023-11-09 16:16:54 -0700
    Mr Blundell was extremely difficult to listen to for me. The Alberta Institute publishes research on various topics from a libertarian perspective. He seemed to think there was something nefarious going on and wanted to know who was funding it. Why? If you’re uncomfortable with the conclusion of one of their studies all you need to do is read the thing, check their work and references and then decide if they have a point. Better yet if you disagree with their sources or methodology engage with the authors. Your always free to just ignore it. Max Faucet acquitted himself reasonably well but seemed to rely too much on “the smell test” or the fact that people he trusted disagreed with the conclusion instead of engaging with content of Peter’s arguments. Peter’s stock rose considerably in my opinion just for keeping his cool with Blundell.
  • Mildred Johnson
    followed this page 2023-11-09 11:14:45 -0700
  • Boyd Jahnke
    commented 2023-11-09 10:57:48 -0700
    Dean Blundell on the YT page posting this video “I’m all into Alberta leaving btw.”. I wish he’d never come ~ it’s not like he ever added value. The fact that comments are not allowed for that post and the foul language couching his introduction tell you just about all you need to know about this Blundell fellow. 3,550 subscribers after four years on YT and he describes himself as “Canadian radio royalty”. Hah!

    Looking forward to your explainer on the APP proposal. I’ll disperse it as widely as I am able.
  • Kerri Grandmaison
    commented 2023-11-09 09:39:48 -0700
    He’s got a good point, NDP did not mention a carbon tax during the election
  • Kerri Grandmaison
    commented 2023-11-09 09:37:38 -0700
    I find it suspicious that the federal government is dragging its feet when it comes to giving Alberta the number. I do believe Albertans contribute more, because of their younger demographics. I also believe they get less in return even though they contribute more. I believe Alberta is subsidizing other parts of Canada. Including paying 230 million to Quebec in Equalization. Quebec has gas too, they choose not to develop it.
  • Peter McCaffrey
    published this page in News 2023-11-08 23:31:13 -0700