June 18, 2015 2:18 pm
Updated: June 18, 2015 8:29 pm

Reversing cuts: Alberta adds $682M in 2015 for health care and education


WATCH ABOVE:  The NDP is making moves in an attempt to restore fiscal stability in the province. Kendra Slugoski reports.

EDMONTON — Alberta’s NDP government says it will spend an extra $682 million in the next five months to reverse health-care cuts and fund larger school enrolment.

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says details on where the money will come from will be in the fall budget, but deficit financing will be part of it.

The cash is part of an interim supply bill being debated in the legislature.

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It proposes $15.4 billion in spending to keep the government operating until the New Democrats bring in a budget in October.

The former Progressive Conservative government introduced a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year last spring, but lost the election before it could be passed.

That budget called for more than $48 billion in spending and the new money announced by the NDP would be on top of that.

© 2015 The Canadian Press

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