On Thursday March 7th, the Honourable Doug Horner, Alberta’s Treasury Board and Finance Minister, will introduce the Progressive Conservative government’s first budget since winning the April 2012 election. This budget is expected to be one of the most closely watched budgets in decades.
Recent announcements from the government underline the pitfalls of Alberta’s reliance on resource revenue to fund current operating and capital expenditures. Public consultations leading towards the March budget have begun the debate on whether taxes need to be examined to stabilize government finances- a debate that few politicians seem anxious to tackle.
The Institute for Public Economics is hosting a “post-mortem” on Budget 2013. Leading experts on budgets and budget politics will give their opinions and provide a “grade” on this year’s budget. Speakers include:
Derek Fildebrandt, Canadian Taxpayers Association- Alberta
John Kolkman, Research Coordinator, Edmonton Social Planning Council
Shirley McClellan the former Alberta Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance
Professor Emeritus of Economics Mel McMillan and Fellow of the Institute for Public Economics
Graham Thomson, Provincial Affairs Writer for the Edmonton Journal
Bob Ascah, Director of the Institute for Public Economics will be the moderator.