Alberta budget 2017: Winners and losers

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The Alberta government tabled its 2017-18 budget Thursday. Here are some of the winners and losers:

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Grade School Students and their parents — The budget will increase funding to match enrolment, build 10 new schools and upgrade or replace another 16. Schools fees paid by parents are also being cut by $54 million.

READ MORE: Alberta Budget 2017: What’s in it for families?

Post-Secondary Students — The government will extend a tuition freeze for a third year. There is also a two per cent hike to operating grants for institutions.

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Patients and Seniors — There’s money in the budget to build a new hospital in Edmonton, a continuing care centre in Calgary and build or upgrade care facilities provincewide.

READ MORE: Alberta Budget 2017 promises new hospital for Edmonton, more Calgary long-term care, nothing for Red Deer hospital

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The eco–conscious — Over the next three years, the province will reinvest $5.4 billion from the carbon tax into everything from free energy efficient light bulbs to rapid-transit projects.

Smokers and drinkers — The budget doesn’t contain any new hikes to cigarettes or liquor.


Corporations — Corporate profits were hit hard in 2015 and 2016 and the budget forecasts it will take another five years to recover.

Future Taxpayers — Even if oil prices rebound as expected, Alberta’s debt will be $71 billion by decade’s end with interest payments over $2 billion a year.

Current taxpayers — The budget contains no new tax cuts.

READ MORE: Alberta budget 2017 receives mixed reaction

Natural gas prices — Prices are expected to remain weak due mainly to increasing production of US shale gas.

Fiscal hawks — The $10.3-billion deficit budget doesn’t heed the call of critics who wanted the NDP to rein in spending.

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