“Despite wage, growth and fiscal pressures, when we were in government we worked very hard to control expenditures in 2014-15,” said McIver. “As a result, Alberta finished the fiscal year with a consolidated surplus of $1.1 billion. With a city the size of Red Deer being added to Alberta’s population every year there have been growth pressures, but we made sure there would be roads and schools built while controlling operating expenses.
“We set a positive course for Alberta by reducing operating expenses from $41.88 billion in 2013-14 to $41.02 billion in 2014-15, and we call on the new government to build on that direction by showing restraint in spending.”
McIver said Alberta’s families and employers deserve evidence-based budgeting, especially now when we cannot rely on ideological tax-and-spend priorities to make ends meet. He assured Albertans that the PC Caucus would be there to watch very carefully and “hold the government’s feet to the fire when necessary.”
The former PC government’s 2015 budget, introduced in the Legislature in late March, returned to consolidated reporting in consultation with the provincial Auditor General – an approach which McIver said is clearer and easier for all Albertans to see how their money is being spent. “We trust the new government will choose to be fully transparent in its reporting and continue using this reporting structure, as per the recommendations of the Auditor General,” he concluded.