Alberta finance minister says new austerities coming in 2016-17 budget

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. -- Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci and Premier Rachel Notley say more restraint measures are coming in next month's budget.

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But they also reiterate that the overall plan remains not to cut so deep as to make a bad situation worse.

Ceci and Notley made the comments at a town hall meeting in Fort McMurray, fielding questions on the upcoming budget.

Ceci has said with no end in sight to low oil prices, the expected deficit for 2016-17 could be double the original projection and end up over $10 billion.

The finance minister has not said where the new austerity measures will occur.

The government plan introduced last year calls for a two per cent boost in overall spending in the 2016-17 budget, focusing the extra cash on core areas like health and education.



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