Jim Prentice had blown his big chance to put Alberta on a safer financial path. After going over the details of the budget, I agree with him!
The Alberta Progressive Conservatives had a chance to really set things right in this province, but they wussed out! They zapped the smokers and the drinkers, which is a usual target when the governments need more cash; the so-called "sin tax." But then they hit drivers, too! I think the fuel tax increase will do more harm than good. Ours is a huge province, with very little public transportation except in the larger cities.
In my opinion, the fuel tax is just another punishment to Albertans for trying to move around their province for business or pleasure!
The health care surcharge won't even be applied to health care! What kind of sense is that? The well-to-do in this province were given a very small increase in their taxes and, from what I can read, the huge rich corporations got off basically scot free!
The ailing Heritage Trust Fund was propped up - instead of being drawn down to almost zero for this definitely "rainy day!" Alberta's future education and health programs were ignored. I guess the government expects all those folks moving into booming communities, like Airdrie, to drag their own hospitals, schools, seniors' care centres, and infrastructure in with them. That, I gotta see!
Diversification was mentioned a few times. We'll have to see what comes of that.
The provincial opposition parties are in total chaos, so the Alberta PCs can't be worried about them, especially with their huge majority. According to law, the Premier cannot call an election for another year yet.
So why did he wuss out? I don't know.