Derek Fildebrandt

TPP Trade Deal a Big Winner Alberta, and Canada

On October 4th, twelve countries – including Canada – came to a final agreement on the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal. This agreement is of huge consequence for Alberta’s economy and consumers, and is overwhelmingly positive for our province. This agreement will give Canadian exporters hugely expanded access to the markets of Australia, Brunei, […]

It’s Time to Stop the Blame Game & Solve Alberta’s Fiscal Crisis

On August 31st, the NDP government released its First Quarter Fiscal Update. That update is telling of the state of Alberta’s finances, and the picture isn’t pretty. The provincial government is now on track to record a massive $9.1 billion deficit, the largest by far in Alberta’s history. Unless there is a drastic change in […]

It’s Time for Alberta’s Government to Stand Up for Alberta

Most citizens expect their provincial premier to stand up for their province’s interests. It should go without saying that Alberta’s government should stand up for Alberta’s interests, but it’s a point that needs to be repeated right now. Nearly every economic expert in Alberta understands that building pipelines to get our products to market is […]

First Two Weeks in the Legislature

On May 5th, Albertans voted for a new government led by the NDP and for a larger official opposition to hold it to account, led by the Wildrose. I promised that we would work constructively together where possible, but be tough when necessary. We would not just oppose, but also propose. In short two weeks […]

Mini-Budget Deserves Proper Scrutiny

Alberta’s government is running on autopilot right now, without any budgetary framework in place. In fact, the province’s finances are still being run based on Alison Redford’s budget from March of 2014, the last budget actually passed by the legislature. While former premier Jim Prentice introduced a budget before calling an election, it was never […]

Good Opposition Makes Good Government

On May 5th, Albertans elected a new government and an even stronger official opposition. Both the NDP and the Wildrose have important jobs as we move forward over the next four years. While the new government has been off to a bumpy start, they will likely get a better handle on things as they settle […]

Death of the PC Dynasty & the Rise of the NDP-Wildrose Competitive Democracy

After crunching the numbers on the PC’s “10 year plan” in the budget lockup on March 26th, I half-sarcastically quipped that Jim Prentice had given Alberta its first NDP budget. I didn’t mean it literally, at the time. I’ve been a non-partisan conservative fiscal policy analyst and advocate on the sidelines for most of my […]

Thank You Strathmore-Brooks

Thank you Strathmore-Brooks. I am humbled and honored by the trust that you have placed in me. To those who voted for me, I will honour your trust, follow through on my commitments and endeavor to earn your trust again. To those who did not vote for me, I will serve your interests in the […]

It’s time for change and renewal

On May 5th, Albertans will make a historic choice. Choosing a 13th big PC majority would mean $2,500 in higher taxes, a blank cheque to impose a PST, continued overspending, and continued corruption for the party’s cronies. It would be rewarding the same club that broke the bank during a period of record oil prices, […]

Government Should Lead by Example in Tough Times

Albertans are generous people – especially during tough times like these. We need to be: as oil drilling declines by 40% this year, people here are losing their jobs, or fearing for losing them. In fact, Albertans are the most charitable people in Canada, with the average tax-filer donating $2,289 per year. That’s far above […]