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Alberta’s government program spending reaches new heights

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According to a Fraser Institute study released in February, between 2004/05 and 2013/14, the Alberta government’s program spending jumped to $43.9 billion from $29 billion.

This spending, beyond the rate of inflation and population growth, has hurt the province’s ability to balance its books amid a backdrop of falling energy revenues.

These two charts illustrate the spending spike—overall and on a per Albertan basis.

Alberta graph 1


Alberta graph 2

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