The Province

Alberta leads way

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OTTAWA — All 10 Canadian provinces are expected to post some degree of growth in 2012, but Alberta will outpace them all as its booming resources sector helps widen the economic divide between West and East, a report said Thursday. Alberta’s economy will grow at 3.4 per cent in 2012, according to forecaster­s at BMO Capital Markets, which forecasts the Canadian economy overall will grow two per cent this year. Alberta is one of just four provinces — along with B.C. (2.3 per cent), Saskatchew­an (2.9 per cent) and Manitoba (2.6 per cent) — expected to beat the national average.

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