Alberta hopes to mirror Saskatchewan’s successful wait time-reduction.
Bill C-69 will add more subjective criteria to an already onerous regulatory process.
Health reform lessons can be learned from Saskatchewan.
In Saskatchewan, wait times for patients waiting more than three months for surgery dropped by 75 per cent.
The best way to help Alberta’s economy is to enhance the province's competitiveness and attractiveness for investment and entrepreneurship.
The Government of Saskatchewan recently passed legislation that will allow patients to pay for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans using their own money.
The mining industry contributes mightily to Canada’s economic prosperity, adding $54 billion to Canada’s GDP and employing roughly 383,000 Canadians at an average annual salary of more than $110,000 in 2013. But Canada has a serious problem with land-use certainty that may threaten future investment in the sector.
Alberta’s decades long economic success is a result of resource wealth, relatively sound public policies and a growing skilled labour force. Compared to other energy-producing jurisdictions such as Alaska, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Texas, and Wyoming, Alberta does well economically but there are areas of concern, which if ignored, may affect the province’s long-term prosperity.