The reduced deficit relies largely on oil and gas royalties and transfers from Ottawa.
Government salaries and benefits comprise approximately 42 per cent of the province's spending.
Approximately 72,000 Newfoundlanders and Labradorians made charitable contributions, down from 85,600 in 2008.
The province's spending is projected to increase by $542 million.
Alberta’s per-person government debt has eclipsed $10,000 this year.
New Brunswick's debt load will climb to an estimated 115 per cent of GDP over the next 25 years.
In the recent New Brunswick election, an unremarkable engineering activity apparently took front and centre: hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, popularly known as fracking.
Over fifty years, observers have become inured to troubling reports of Atlantic Canada's economic difficulties.
Even the most jaundiced observer would recognize, however, that data for the last two years describes something different. The regional economy is not experiencing continued slow decline: it is starting to implode.