Alberta taxpayers are being overcharged by $10 billion for government services
The Canadian Taxpayers Federation reacted to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report that shows Alberta taxpayers are being overcharged by $10 billion per year for government services compared to other provinces, such as British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
“Alberta taxpayers are being overcharged by $10 billion every year,” said Franco Terrazzano, Alberta Director for the CTF. “Albertans have been duped into overpaying for a highcost government. Now we’re drowning in debt. Our politicians need to fix this spending problem immediately, starting with the upcoming budget.”
The Alberta government spends $2,451 per person more than the average of B.C., Ontario and Quebec, according to the Blue Ribbon Panel’s report. This means spending would be $10.4 billion less every year if Alberta’s spending was on par with the average of these comparable provinces.
If overspending continues, debt interest payments could total $3.7 billion in 2022, according to the panel. This annual interest payment would cost every Albertan about $800. “Albertans are counting on the new government to right past wrongs and stop overcharging taxpayers. If B.C. and Ontario can figure out a way to provide services for less money, why can’t Alberta?”