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Alberta’s most insightful political commentator is back with another essential book. Kevin Taft, together with economists Mel McMillan and Junaid Jahangir, follows the money to uncover why Alberta—one of the richest places on earth—still talks poor when it comes to public services. Do we really spend more than we can afford, more than we can sustain, on health care? On education? Why doesn’t Alberta have enough hospital beds? Why have our schools faced teacher layoffs? Why are our city streets potholed, and why are rising numbers of Alberta children living in poverty? Where is all our wealth going? Follow the Money uncovers the truth behind the government’s austerity slogans and cutbacks. The hard-hitting evidence of Follow the Money challenges Albertans to rethink the past and remake the future.

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Follow the Money
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4 / 5
Quick read, clear and concise.
February 2nd, 2014
The province is rich with resource wealth, yet why are we laying off teachers and nurses and selling off assets like we having a fire sale? This book shows that the myth that we are spending too much on health, education, and other public interests is just not true. Our spending in Alberta is erratic at times, but overall we are not spending more per capita than in the past, nor are we spending more than other provinces.
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