Finance minister Doug Horner brought his post-budget discussion tour to Grande Prairie today. Horner says Albertans are expressing confusion over this year’s budget, and how some of the numbers are being reported. He says the government has changed the way they report budgets, in order to be more transparent. He adds while businesses and credit bureaus understood the changes, the general public did not.
“And you saw it here, nobody knows what we have in savings, so let’s have a savings fund. Let’s show Albertans what we are doing. People were very concerned about what we were spending on operating. So let’s show them what we are spending on operating, not just on operating and capital, and then let’s show them what we are spending on capital.”
Horner says these discussions are telling him that they recognized the concerns that Albertans expressed to him during their pre-budget round table meetings.