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Rod Buchan (L), an employee, talks to Randy Penny, vice president of operations during a tour of the Cenovus Foster Creek SAGD oil sands operations near Cold Lake, Alberta, July 9, 2012.
Rod Buchan (L), an employee, talks to Randy Penny, vice president of operations during a tour of the Cenovus Foster Creek SAGD oil sands operations near Cold Lake, Alberta, July 9, 2012.
(Todd Korol/Reuters)

DAVID PARKINSON

Face reality, Alberta, and get a sales tax

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The concept of an Alberta provincial sales tax has long been political sacrilege to the province’s voters. But as Alberta’s budgeting problems threaten to become chronic, a sales tax is a practical and positive step that the government must take.