Notley Begins Budget Tour With State of the Province Address

By The Canadian Press
April 15, 2016 - 9:24am

EDMONTON - Premier Rachel Notley begins selling the Alberta budget today with a state-of-the-province address in Edmonton.

Notley is being skewered by opposition critics for a budget that includes a 10-billion-dollar deficit, 58 billion dollars in debt within three years, and no plan to balance the books before 2024.

But her government says it's the right thing to do given the devastation to the economy due to the prolonged slump in oil prices.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says to begin gutting programs and slashing public sector jobs would only make a bad situation worse.

The budget introduces a new tax incentive plan to grow businesses, and the expectation is that all the combined government initiatives will provide 100-thousand jobs over the next three years.

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