Successive governments have perpetuated the boom-bust cycle of provincial finances.
Alberta's fund was valued at just C$16.2 billion compared to US$65.3 billion for Alaska’s fund.
By making fiscal rules constitutional in nature, governments can protect them from being ignored.
Chronic deficits through good times and bad have led to a roughly $70 billion erosion of the province’s financial assets.
Per-person spending in Alberta last year was 18.5 per cent higher than in next-door B.C.
Alberta spent $2,451 per person more than the average spent by the three largest provinces.
Alberta buys yet another ticket to ride the resource rollercoaster.
Alberta's overall net financial assets deteriorated by $9.2 billion last year.
Between 2004/05 and 2014/15, Alberta’s provincial government increased program spending by nearly 100 per cent.
The real culprit for Alberta’s fiscal problems—and ultimately the recent credit downgrade—is several years of rapid spending growth by successive governments.