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CTF 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission to the Government of Alberta

February 02, 2017
CTF 2017-18 Pre-Budget Submission to the Government of Alberta

Lifting the Burden: A roadmap for balanced budgets and tax relief in Alberta is the Canadian Taxpayers Federation's 2017-18 pre-budget submission to the government of Alberta. 

Alberta taxpayers are currently paying over $1 billion annually in debt interest payments, and that number will double, reaching $2 billion by 2018-19. Alberta’s $28.4 billion debt is rolling in at a rate of $355.44 per second. 

The CTF’s submission calls for a 15 per cent program spending cut to save $7.8 billion and makes the following recommendations:

  • Introduce a legislated spending cap limiting program spending increases to the rate of inflation and population growth
  • Reverse the push toward government-subsidized daycare
  • End all corporate welfare in the province
  • Reduce the number of government employees by 10 per cent to save $2.56 billion
  • Implement a 10 per cent salary reduction for government employees
  • Cut MLA salaries by 10 per cent allowing pay to remain over $114,000
  • Reform government employee pensions
  • Reduce MLA and government employee mileage rates

The CTF’s pre-budget submission also calls on the government to: 

    • Ban partisan advertising
    • Bring back the single-rate income tax
    • Say no to new tax powers for cities, at least without citywide referenda
    • Say no to taxpayer money for a pro sports arena in Calgary
    • Budget for disaster and emergency relief according to reality

    Click here to read the submission. 

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