The NDP election platform called for per-person spending to reach $11,446 in 2022/23.
The Quebec government spent $2.3 billion last year, or $9,772 per child, on its daycare program.
The Horgan government has effectively increased spending by an additional $4.5 billion in the first few months of its term.
Government program spending will reach $49.2 billion, 6.6 per cent higher than last year.
The budget creates a new, higher top personal income tax rate of 16.8 per cent.
Rhetoric from the campaign trail stressed increased spending and higher taxes.
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.
The NDP government has unwittingly told would-be investors and entrepreneurs that their efforts and talents are better deployed elsewhere.
Alberta’s unemployment rate climbed to 8.6 per cent in July—the highest rate since 1994.