Tuesday, April 22, 2008

"Alberta spending spree continues"

Says the Globe and Mail.

NDP leader Brian Mason said it best on the radio though, "This proves the NDP actually won the election"!

Alberta's per capita spending is now THREE TIMES the average level of other provinces, according to the Edmonton Journal.

From the CBC:
Only $279 million is to be socked away in savings, a far cry from the $3 billion to $4 billion groups such as the Alberta Chambers of Commerce have been advocating. "The provincial government is going to hit the wall," said Ken Kolby, president and CEO of the group. ... But Treasury Board President Lloyd Snelgrove questioned whether Albertans are ready to accept a cut in government spending."

From the Calgary Herald:
"Overall, we're disappointed quite frankly with the level of the spending increase," said Calgary Chamber of Commerce chair Brian Hahn. ... We're pretty disappointed," agreed Canadian Federation of Independent Business director of provincial affairs for Alberta Danielle Smith


Anonymous said...

Now Alberta has the dubious distinction of being the first North American jurisdiction to crack the $10,000/citizen spending level. Ridiculous

Brian Dell said...

What's aggravating is the opportunity cost. We could have had an enormous Heritage Fund by now.