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Alberta’s Path to Balance

In this edition of Graphic Intelligence, we examine Alberta’s projected reduction in program spending from 2018-22, relative to previous governments in Alberta.

From 2008 to 2017, Alberta’s average annual spending growth of 5.1 percent was faster than any other province and significantly outpaced the Canada-wide average of 3.9 percent for all provincial and territorial governments. As such, a reduction in program spending is an effective path to fiscal balance, and will bring Alberta’s per capita spending in line with the rest of Canada. For information on Alberta’s path to fiscal sustainability, read “Decision Time: The Alberta Shadow Budget 2019,” by Grant Bishop.