Government revenues in all provinces—but especially Alberta—are unpredictable.
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Per-person spending in Alberta last year was 18.5 per cent higher than in next-door B.C.
The Notley government plans to increase spending by $146 million beyond what was budgeted in the spring.
Ontario’s government spends a billion dollars per month on debt interest payments.
Alberta has seen a run-up of projected net debt totalling about $10,000 per Albertan by 2019/20—up from essentially zero in 2015/16.
From 2015/16 to the current fiscal year, program spending in Alberta will have increased by 11 per cent.
Economic recovery in Alberta is crucial not just for Albertans, but for Canada’s public finances.
Over 10 years, approximately 270,000 more people moved to Alberta from the rest of the country than moved from Alberta to somewhere else in Canada.