Given no background or context, it would be hard to believe that the 2011 provincial budget dramatically changed Alberta’s political landscape by driving a wedge in the Progressive Conservative caucus which led to the resignation of Premier Ed Stelmach and former Finance Minister Ted Morton.
The budget tabled yesterday is not perfect, bold, or visionary, but it is alright as far as PC budgets go.
Shrugging aside years of anti-deficit rhetoric and short-sighted cuts, this PC budget presents investments in some much needed public infrastructure construction and maintenance, and minor funding increases in most Departments.
The continuation of stable funding increases for health care will also provide that system an opportunity to stabilize after years of political interference, restructuring, and unstable funding.
One of the big debates looming on the horizon is whether the Alberta Government has a spending problem or a revenue problem. It is not as simple as one or the other, but it goes to show that our immense natural resources continue to afford us these kind of privileged debates that people in other jurisdictions could only dream of.
We have an opportunity to be smart about the finances our resources afford us. If we plan diligently, become more forward looking, and assert our fair share of revenues from our resources, I believe that the opportunities could be endless for our province.
6 replies on “the budget is alright.”
Your post title reminds me of “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by the Offspring:
I don’t know what the big deal is over the budget, especially considering how it compares to other provinces. I am left an impression that some folks hold onto their ideological views over all else.
I agree with your analysis, Dave. It’s much too easy to paint ourselves into rhetorical corners and attack the Conservatives because we always attack Conservatives. This budget got it … alright.
The Alberta Party had a good alternative budget. I am going to give them a look.
The Alberta Party is a waste of good air time. Sue Huff came off as a bimbo on the Primetime show. She did nothing but shake her head and made no points of her own.
I can’t wait for Chris Labossiere to knock on my door on behalf of the Alberta Party in the next election.
I can jam a sweaty old gym sock that I’m keeping by my door into that gaping jawing orifice on the front of his face.