It is my opinion, that the Premier of Alberta, is an idiot. He pushed so hard to get the oil and gas royalties jacked up, and now is talking about suspending them for 5 years to attract even MORE business to Alberta. If this province isn't in the toilet already, it will be in 5 more years. The suspension of the royalties, means he's screwing with OUR money, that's not cool. If you are a citizen of the state of Alaska, you get a royalty check from oil and gas revenues, in Alberta, we get the shaft. He has no idea what it means to be "joe average", With even more business, everything is going to be jacked up beyond afford ability. Not everyone in Alberta is an oil millionaire. The price of gas is projected to go to $1.50.liter, and we DON'T have a choice, we HAVE TO DRIVE, because no one had the foresight to create the infrastructure for mass transportation, so we would have a choice, and god forbid a cap were to be placed on the price of short haul cab rides. Minimum wage is going up to $8.40/hour, ok, and your rent is $1200.00/month It can't be done, unless you have a roommate, and it still gives you virtually nothing to live on, and you have to put up with someone else. The math doesn't add up. If people have money to spend, they will spend it, if not, the rest of the economy is going to suffer, but it doesn't matter, 'cause the Premier's got all that oil money rolling in. Those who own the apartments, that are up for rent are getting greedy, wait, too late. I could understand if a rent increase was in relation to the price of gas or power going up, their excuse is, well the property value is going up. So, that's only relevant if it's being sold, like I said, greedy. A craphole house now a days is selling for around $200,000, that's nuts, a decent house sells for anywhere from $300,000-$500,000, how exactly are people supposed to qualify for mortgages for these outrageous prices? the answer is to pay for it over one and a half lifetimes, literally, 40 year mortgages are becoming common, so If you can't pay for it, your kids will. The Premier has made it very clear, that affordable shelter is not on his "things to take care of" list, so people suffer. We as human beings are supposed to have the fundamental basic right, to shelter, yet "tent city" was taken down, I was mad when I heard that because, it wasn't much, but it fulfilled that right, again, no choice, so a cardboard box on a vent, is better I guess. Most of those folks in "tent city" were good, honest, hard working people, who were both working, trying to make a go of it, and still couldn't make ends meet. I think THAT shows what a sorry state our province is in, and it's going to get worse. The environment will also suffer, because of all the new tar sands projects, he wants started up. Gas wells, and the tar sands are destroying our environment. We all remember a certain "terrorist" from northern Alberta, I don't condone his methods, or anything else that happened, at all, but when it was all said and done, he was right, bang on the money, in regards to the environmental impact the gas wells were having on animals, and people in the area, and we didn't listen, the oil industry discredited him as some kind of crackpot. Fort Mac, is growing faster than it can afford to. Too many people are moving to this province hoping to cash in on the oil boom, only to end up worse off than they started. the influx of people is putting a drain on ALL our resources. We cannot continue this way, somethings going to give. The problem is, if our population starts to decline, the rest of us are going to have to make up the shortfall in the tax base, we lose either way. I'd say that's enough ranting for now, let me know what you think.