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Held on Mondays of most months, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW. Free for CALL members; no registration required; non-members $5 at the door. Free parking.

Public Policy Issues is quickly becoming a must-attend CALL speaker series.

It features prominent speakers on a wide variety of current and timely topics with a national and international focus, followed by a lively Q and A session.

We look forward to seeing you.

Coordinator: Audrey Doerr

Monday, January 28, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Alberta's Fiscal Situation

    • Public finance constraints in Alberta
    • The real facts of government spending and taxing 
    • Commentary on current revenues from oil royalties, carbon tax and cannabis levies 
    • Federal-provincial aspects of revenue sharing

Speaker: Dr. Ron Kneebone, Prof. of Economics and a Director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary


    • Does Alberta need to revamp its tax system, especially oil royalties?
    • Is the carbon tax effective, i.e. neutral? 
    • How are the revenues being spent? 
    • How big an impact will rising interest rates have on Alberta's budget?
    • What would it take to eliminate the provincial deficit/debt?

Monday February 25, 2019, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church, 4612 Varsity Dr. NW

Women in Politics: Rachel Notley

    • Factors that help and hinder women's participation in politics
    • Notley's leadership style
    • Changes in Alberta’s political culture

Speaker: Dr. Melanee Thomas, Associate Professor in the Political Science Dept. at the U of C, who has published extensively on women's participation and influence in politics and their leadership styles and roles.


    • How strong was the influence of Notley’s family (father) on her political ambitions?
    • What have been the biggest changes in the legislature and the administration as a result of her leadership? 
    • How does Notley measure up to other women premiers? 
    • Why do so few women premiers win second terms? 

Past Presentations

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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