Alberta ran seven deficits in the past eight fiscal years when oil prices averaged $88 per barrel.
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The Alberta government dramatically increased personal and corporate income taxes.
According to the annual report, the province’s operating deficit for the year was $6.4 billion—about $300 million more than projected by the Notley government.
Alberta's overall net financial assets deteriorated by $9.2 billion last year.
By 2018/19, net debt will reach $33.2 billion—about $7,500 for every Albertan.
Alberta expects to rack up $37 billion in new debt over the next three years.
There are 175 collective bargaining agreements with public-sector employees coming up for negotiation in the near future.