NDP calls for immediate release of report on Alberta finances

EDMONTON – Alberta Opposition Leader Rachel Notley says a key report that was due this week on the province’s finances should be released immediately.

Notley says a government-appointed panel is operating in secret and Albertans are not getting their say on what Premier Jason Kenney has promised will drive major decisions in the October budget.

Notley says Albertans need to see the report as soon as possible to have their voices heard before the numbers are locked in.

The panel, headed by former Saskatchewan finance minister Janice MacKinnon, was set up by Kenney to review Alberta’s finances and suggest ways to make savings.

The United Conservative government now plans to release the report in early September after it’s had a chance to review and respond to its findings.

Kenney has already said he expects the panel will conclude that Alberta’s financial situation has deteriorated and that budget belt-tightening is needed.

(The Canadian Press)