Trevor Tombe

Trevor Tombe is an associate professor of economics at the University of Calgary and a research fellow at The School of Public Policy.

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High oil prices a potential boon for beleaguered Alberta

High oil prices means more than a smaller deficit, says economist Trevor Tombe. Higher oil prices may generate higher rates of economic growth — which means higher incomes and more jobs for Albertans.

Alberta's economic recovery lags behind the rest of Canada, but there is room for optimism

Oil and gas is a key reason for Alberta's lagging recovery, according to economist Trevor Tombe. Total compensation in the mining and oil and gas extraction sector is over $85 million lower in March 2021 than it was that same month a year earlier.

How Alberta can benefit from a provincial carbon tax

Whether you like the carbon tax or not, the revenues could provide Alberta with the fiscal room to cut other taxes, save resource revenues and help rebuild provincial finances after COVID-19, says economist Trevor Tombe.

Budget 2021: A missed opportunity (again)

Instead of starting the long process of building a more resilient budget, the government opted to gamble on oil — as Alberta’s governments typically do, says economist Trevor Tombe.

OPINION | Alberta, get ready for higher taxes

Albertans are about to pay higher taxes, says economist Trevor Tombe. And yes, that could include a PST and a provincial carbon tax.

OPINION | In 2020, Alberta joins the 'have nots'

A long-time staple of Alberta political culture is no more. At least for now. For the first time in 55 years, Alberta will receive more money from Ottawa than its taxpayers pay out. And COVID is to blame.

OPINION | Political games won't solve Alberta's problems

The problems facing our economy, our health system, our provincial budget, and more, do not have easy answers. Blaming others and ignoring policy details is easy, says economist Trevor Tombe.

For Alberta, the day of fiscal reckoning has arrived

After the dust from this health crisis settles, we’ll need to have an open and honest discussion about our budget and our future, says economist Trevor Tombe.

OPINION | Gambling on oil prices, Alberta's budget is not prudent, responsible — or new

The budget reveals, yet again, the need for us to confront what we have failed to confront for generations: our reliance on an unpredictable source of revenue, says economist Trevor Tombe.

OPINION | Alberta's plan to balance its books is already off the rails

Barely four months since its last budget, Alberta's fiscal plan is already facing a new, multibillion-dollar hole — and Budget 2020 is due next week.