The spending reforms of the 1990s laid the foundation for tax reforms and an extended period of prosperity.
Government debt interest payments in Alberta will more than double to $2.3 billion by 2019/20.
Last year’s estimated average wait between referral to treatment in Alberta was 22.9 weeks.
By 2016/17, Alberta’s debts exceeded its financial assets for the first time since 2000/2001.
Spending choices have largely driven the province’s nearly unbroken string of deficits.
The Notley government will unveil Alberta’s 2017 budget next week.
In 2012/13 when oil prices averaged more than US$97 a barrel (inflation adjusted), the province still ran a $3.1 billion deficit.