A reliance on non-renewable resource revenue has caused trouble for the provincial finances for decades.
In the 1990s, Premier Ralph Klein’s government reduced program spending by 21.6 per cent.
Alberta’s elevated spending levels produced large budget deficits and mounting debt.
The province expects a $15.5 billion budget deficit next year.
Alberta’s fiscal capacity dropped by an estimated 45.1 per cent between 2007 and this year.
Alberta's net government debt will reach a projected $90.1 billion by 2022/23.
This fiscal year, Alberta projects a historic budget deficit of $24.2 billion.
Government workers in Alberta received 9.3 per cent more (on average) in wages than their private-sector counterparts.
The last provincial budget estimated the government will run deficits until 2023/24.