Editorial – Stand still budget it is!

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The common story is “Alberta doesn’t have an income problem. It has a spending problem.”

That wasn’t always the case. In fact, as little as 20 years ago, our provincial government actually spent less per person than other provinces in Canada. For those who might remember, that was after former premier Ralph Klein’s scorched earth policies getting government costs in line.

Depending on who had their proverbial ox gored or didn’t, those were the good old days. Back then, civil servants were axed left and right. Government unions cried. Average Albertans, not on government payrolls, not having gold-plated pensions and benefits, mostly shrugged. For them, it was hard enough keeping up with admittedly cyclical but well-paying oilpatch jobs.

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