No Shortage of Proposals to Use $2.4 Billion Surplus

Alberta is poised to benefit from a surge in resource revenue this decade, which could lead to provincial budget surpluses to fund spending for today’s growing population – or savings to support future generations. In its pre-election budget Feb. 28, the UCP government predicted Alberta will end the 2023-24 fiscal year with a surplus of $2.4 billion, even after spending $68.3 billion to fund health care, day care, education, and many other programs, like helping Albertans cope with high inflation.

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Battle for Alberta’s Future

Two opposing visions of Alberta will be on the ballot when voters pick their next provincial government in the May 29, 2023, general election. For the first time, two women – former NDP Premier Rachel Notley, and current UCP Premier Danielle Smith – are dominating the race to take over as the 20th head of government since Alberta was created in 1905.
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Voters Will Decide if Alberta Needs a “Constitutional Shield” Against Ottawa

Albertans will make a historic choice in the May 2023 provincial election: Whether to support the United Conservative Party (UCP)’s signature law, the Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act, or look for other ways to protect the province’s interests. The Alberta Act is controversial inside and outside the province. It was opposed by Smith’s top leadership rivals, who favoured other ways to advance Alberta’s interests. Rachel Notley, leader of the NDP opposition, said she would immediately revoke the “job-killing” law if elected.
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