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Alberta Faces $3B Deficit – Things are Going South up North

from Wealth Cycles

In late August, Alberta’s Provincial Finance Minister Doug Horner shocked citizens with an announcement about the expected deficit for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. The announcement was shocking both because of its lack of substantive information and also because of the size of the projected deficit: $3 billion, nearly three times larger than previously estimated. The culprit: government’s inability to simply live within its means.

As recently as February 2012, the Alberta government had predicted a surplus for 2013-2014 of $952 million. So, what happened in only seven months, and why? According to Horner’s brief briefing, there were many factors that precipitated the change in fortunes for Alberta:

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