Alberta’s Budget 2021 blew the roof off spending restraint, leaving taxpayers with a simple question: businesses and families have found ways to save money during the pandemic and downturn, so why is the Alberta government the only place that can’t find savings?
To be fair to Finance Minister Travis Toews, he is finding some savings this year in wildly inefficient departments such as Advanced Education, where he will have trimmed more than $300 million since taking over. Alberta spends $36,510 per college and university student. That’s about $10,000 more than other similar provinces.
Through freedom of information requests, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation discovered nearly 8,500 employees at the University of Calgary and Alberta that received a raise during lockdowns in 2020. Pay raises going back to 2015 totaled $154 million.