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Premier Rachel Notley says she will alter Alberta budget if need be

Premier Rachel Notley speaks in Edmonton Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Global News

EDMONTON – Premier Rachel Notley says her government will stick with its plan despite a budget deficit of almost $11 billion, but will alter course if necessary.

Notley says any changes would be done carefully and prudently so as to avoid making a difficult situation worse.

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Notley made the comments to reporters in Edmonton and did not elaborate on what those changes might be.

Low oil prices have decimated Alberta’s bottom line and a fiscal update earlier this week revealed this year’s projected deficit has grown by $500 million to almost $11 billion.

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Notley noted the extra cost is due to the Fort McMurray wildfires last spring, which displaced more than 80,000 people.

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She says outside of that, the government’s plan is on track to slowly reduce the deficit while avoiding mass layoffs and service cuts.

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