Alberta announces spring legislature sitting dates, budget to be delivered Feb. 24

Travis Toews will table his 2023 provincial budget on Feb. 24, and he may accomplish something an Alberta finance minister hasn’t done since Doug Horner in 2014: balance it. Tom Vernon reports.

The Alberta government has announced dates for its spring sitting of the legislature. There will be a speech from the throne to open a new session on Feb. 22.

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Finance Minister Travis Toews will deliver the 2022 budget two days later on Feb. 24.

Alberta has had years of multibillion-dollar budget deficits, but high oil and gas prices have fuelled speculation Toews may be able to deliver a budget close to being balanced, if not free of red ink altogether.

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Premier Jason Kenney must also call a byelection by the middle of February to fill a vacancy in the northern constituency of Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche.

That race has already generated controversy given the UCP candidate is Brian Jean, who is running on a platform of trying to oust Kenney as premier.

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