Post-Secondary Seminar: Explore Public Policy Issues

Post-Secondary Seminar: Explore Public Policy Issues

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Free one-day student seminar with presentations from leading policy experts, Q & A, and informal discussions. Lunch is included.


What’s Inside Counts: The Hidden Trade Costs within Canada that Harm our Economy 
Trevor Tombe
Assistant Professor, University of Calgary

While international trade gets plenty of attention, trade between Canada’s provinces is critically important for our nation’s economy. But artificial barriers caused by countless thousands of regulatory differences between provinces inhibit this trade and harm our economy. Worse, these barriers are often hidden. Though the barriers are hard to measure, they are no less real or less damaging. Recent research reveals that Canada’s high internal trade costs are making goods and services artificially expensive. While liberalizing trade is politically difficult, Prof. Tombe presents options that governments should embrace.

Hayek, the Rule of Law, and the Duty to Consult Aboriginal Peoples
Malcolm Lavoie
Professor, University of Alberta/Harvard Law School

Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek made significant contributions to our understanding of the rule of law. This presentation will outline some of Hayek’s ideas and explore their relevance to contemporary disputes over aboriginal rights.

The Sustainability of Health Care Spending in Canada
Bacchus Barua
Senior Economist, Health Policy Studies, Fraser Institute

Health care is the single largest budget item for every province in Canada. Any changes in the amount spent on health care can therefore have a significant impact on the government’s fiscal balance, the resources available for other programs, and/or tax competitiveness. This presentation will examine the recent trends in provincial health care spending, and provide a projection of what to expect in the future in the absence of meaningful policy reform. A brief overview of the value that Canadian’s receive for the amount of money we spend on health care (in comparison to other universal health care systems) will also be presented.

The Life and Death of Alberta’s Tax Advantage
Ben Eisen
Director, Provincial Prosperity Studies, Fraser Institute

Until recently, Alberta enjoyed a significant “tax advantage” over peer jurisdictions in Canada and the United States. The province’s competitive tax system helped fuel economic growth in the province and raised living standards for its residents. Over the past 18 months, a number of different tax increases have substantially eroded the province’s tax advantage. This presentation will examine the past, present and future of taxation in Alberta and discuss the implications of recent tax policy changes for Alberta’s economic prospects.

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Complimentary Return Bus Service from Edmonton:

6:15 am – Board Bus in Edmonton, University of Alberta (Varsity Parking Lot — West of Universal Pavilion)
6:30 am – Depart Edmonton, University of Alberta (Varsity Parking Lot — West of Universal Pavilion)
9:45 am – Arrive in Calgary, Delta Calgary Downtown (209 4 Ave SE)

4:15 pm – Depart Calgary, Delta Calgary Downtown (209 4 Ave SE)
7:00 pm – Arrive in Edmonton, University of Alberta (Varsity Parking Lot — West of Universal Pavilion)

For more information please contact Carolyn McCarthy at or 1-800-665-3558 / 604-688-0221 ext 526.

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Event Details

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 AM
  –   4:00 PM
Delta Calgary Downtown
209 4 Ave SE
Calgary, Alberta T2G 0C6

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