Saskatchewan and Alberta—two vastly different fiscal paths

Earlier today, Premier Brad Wall’s government in Saskatchewan tabled its budget for 2017/18.It was impossible not to immediately notice some obvious points of contrast between this document and the budget tabled by Premier Rachel Notley’s government in Alberta last week.Both Alberta and Saskatchewan are energy-rich jurisdictions that have fallen on hard times in recent years when commodity prices fell. In addition to the broader economic pain in both provinces, both jurisdictions also face significant fiscal challenges, with large budget deficits and substantial debt accumulation.And yet in their recent budgets, the two governments took very different approaches to dealing with the

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