The PROSPERITY BONUS, also nicknamed RALPH BUCKS, announced in
September 2005, is the name given to a program designed to pay money
back to residents of the
All Albertans who were residents of the province as of September 1
and filed a 2004 tax return with the
Canada Revenue Agency
Klein said more prosperity bonuses might follow if oil prices remained high but none were issued before he left office.
* 1 Criticisms * 2 Charity * 3 References * 4 See also
The program generated controversy both inside and outside Alberta. Although few Albertans turned down their cheques, some residents criticized what they saw as a pointless giveaway, and preferred to see the excess money put toward long-term benefits such as tax cuts or the abolition of health care premiums.
Outside Alberta, some believed that the program would generate resentment from Canadians who saw cheques delivered to every Albertan.
Ralph Bucks also made it into national media after a handful of non-Albertans came forward to admit they had received cheques to which they were not entitled, prompting criticism from the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.
In a web poll by CTV Calgary, 5% of respondents said they would donate their prosperity bonus to charity.
* ^ Klein, Ralph. "Alberta\'s Surplus". Office of the Premier -
Government of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2005-10-29.
* ^ "Millions of Albertans receive resource rebate". Government of
Alberta. 2006-01-31. Archived from the original on 2006-02-04.
* ^ Harding, Katherine (2005-09-13). "
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