[Adam Legge] Time for a long view: The big idea most people missed in the MacKinnon Report

[Adam Legge] Time for a long view: The big idea most people missed in the MacKinnon Report

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[Cal Herald] The MacKinnon report on Alberta’s finances released last week is exactly what this province needs in terms of cold, harsh reality. Our problem has been spending. Our economic success led to complacency — in spending and in results. Now, given that we are no longer the “rich kid,” as Finance Minister Travis Toews rightly remarked, Alberta’s future prosperity hinges on getting our financial house in order and demanding that the outcomes of our health, education and social sector investments yield same or better results than our peer provinces.

VIDEO: [TED talks] As individuals, we increasingly make decisions based on short-term goals and gains – an approach that makes the future more uncertain and less safe. It’s no different with government, as the MacKinnon Report shows. So, how can we learn to think about and plan for a better future in the long term … like, grandchildren-scale long term? Ari Wallach shares three tactics for thinking beyond the immediate. 13 minutes. [May 5, 2017]


The excessive spending in many areas is easy to see in the report. But what stood out for me was the exciting notions of long-termism, innovation and competitiveness that have been too absent in the dialogue of Alberta.

It will not serve our province to do less, we must instead do better. That’s the path to shared prosperity. Business knows this.

Innovation is how we build an adaptable province that can roll with change, and it’s part of how we chart a course to building Alberta’s future on purpose, rather than just stumbling into it.

While businesses survive and thrive through innovation — and all us of enjoy the advances of technology in our lives — one of the key challenges is getting government and policy to keep up with innovation and refine how it does business in the 21st century. What might happen if government and its hard-working public servants were empowered to be innovative and help drive shared prosperity?

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