NDP Delivers Latest Provincial Budget Update, UCP Again Asks For Spring Election To Be Called

The latest update on Alberta's budget shows the province is on track for a $6.9-billion-dollar deficit this year.

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci has delivered the last budget update before a spring election.

Ceci's announcement also included updates on the provincial plan to balance the books by 2023, plus charts and graphs on how the N-D-P government has worked to grow the economy.

Ceci dismisses suggestions it was included as political campaign material for the N-D-P.

He says the long-term forecast promises strong revenues in oil and other sectors.

The latest update shows Alberta is on track for a $6.9-billion-dollar deficit this year. That is about two-billion-dollars less than originally forecast.

Meantime, Calgary-Hays MLA and United Conservative Party chief whip Ric McIver says the fact is the vast majority of the announcements made by Premier Rachel Notley and her Ministers across the province during the past couple of months have not been government updates but rather they have been "campaign stops".

McIver believes Albertans want to see a responsible government that has a path to start paying the debt back in order to improve the province's credit rating.

He adds the current NDP government's plan is not working. McIver notes the deficit has been made worse by the fact that Alberta has lost 16,000 mostly full-time jobs in the last month and 33,000 jobs cumulatively over the last two months.

McIver says right now there is $22,000 dollars debt for every man, woman and child in Alberta. He says the interest payments on the province's debt will be $4 billion dollars if the current NDP government is re-elected and that is according to Minister Ceci's own budget document.


(Contains content from the Canadian Press)

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