Only 20.6% of Alberta’s $35 billion capital spending plan will pay for roads and bridges

When the Notley government unveils Alberta’s 2017 budget next week, it will likely trumpet its multi-billion infrastructure spending plan as a way to grow Alberta’s faltering economy. That was certainly the message in the recent speech from the throne, where the government asserted infrastructure spending will make the province one of “tomorrow’s economic leaders.” The reality, however, is that only a small fraction of Alberta’s “infrastructure” spending is earmarked for projects that will actually improve the provincial economy.In principle, sound infrastructure projects can improve the economy’s productive capacity. A needed road or bridge that helps move people, goods and resources

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