Media Advisory - Deep spending cuts urged for Alberta - New paper released by
U of C School of Public Policy

CALGARY, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - The School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary has released a Briefing Paper by the school's Executive Fellow Ken Boessenkool titled "Does Alberta Have a Spending Problem?"

The Briefing Paper argues that after having established itself as a paradigm of fiscal virtue, Alberta's current deficit requires an examination of its causes, implications and solutions.

The paper compares spending per capita in Alberta relative to its provincial peers and found that spending in Alberta is 40 percent higher than Ontario, 30 percent higher than British Columbia and 15 percent higher than the average in the other nine provinces. Cuts of $12 and $8 billion would be required to bring Alberta's spending in line with Ontario and British Columbia, respectively.

In dollar terms, program spending in Alberta would have to be reduced by $5 billion to bring its spending in line with the other nine provinces.

The paper is available at www.policyschool.ca, then click on "publications"

    
    Media interviews and photo opportunities, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010:
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    What:  Media interviews with School of Public Policy Executive Fellow Ken
           Boessenkool.

    Where: Location: Energy Resources Research Building. Room 140,
           3512 - 33rd Street NW
           See campus map: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/

    When:  1 pm, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010
    

Media are welcome to park free-of-charge on campus, except in 24-hour reserved spots, loading zones, handicapped stalls and fire lanes. If your vehicle is not a marked media vehicle, please leave a media business card in your window. See map of U of C parking lots at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/map/campus_main_Parking_Large.html

SOURCE The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary

For further information: For further information: Media contact: Morten Paulsen, The School of Public Policy, Mobile: (403) 399-3377


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