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Breaking the Myth

Alberta Spending is Mediocre at Best

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Breaking the Myth

The most recent energy boom enhanced Alberta's prosperity and generated large revenues for the provincial government. Especially now that that boom has collapsed, comments to the effect that the Alberta government has been a big spender, is overspending and has lots of fat to cut from its programs are common. This fact sheet illustrates that the Alberta government is not the highest per capita spender in Canada. It includes comparisons of recent government expenditures in the ten provinces using data from Statistics Canada.

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