Alberta politicians are reacting to British Columbia’s Budget that was tabled Tuesday, and how it compares to the financial situation Alberta is in.
Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon told Global News, Alberta has a spending problem
“We’re spending about $2500 more per capita, per person in Alberta then our friends to the West of us and we certainly aren’t getting $2500 more in services, so we certainly have a spending problem.”
Finance Minister Joe Ceci said that’s not accurate.
“We have inherited a lot of old ways of the previous government. We’re looking at all of that stuff right now, we’re cutting monies out of the budget each and every year and will continue to do that going forward.”
While the argument could be made that BC’s surplus is because they have more taxes than Alberta does, BC also spends about 25% less per capita than Alberta does.
Nixon argued Alberta could have a balanced budget without having to raise taxes if we spent as much as BC per capita.
Ceci said to get out of the deficit, it’s not a simple matter of spending like BC does.
“We’ve been through the most severe depression and downturn this province has ever seen, and we’re just coming out of it now. So as we go forward Albertans can expect smaller and smaller deficits, getting to balance in 2024.”
Nixon said, he’s not expecting good news out of Thursday’s update.
“It’s going to be interesting to see what comes out, but I can tell you that the feeling amongst Albertans right now is that they’re not expecting much good news and that’s the biggest problem we probably have right now.”
BC posted a surplus of 1.8 billion dollars.