Answer

In the short term, governments can protect public services by running deficits, but it is clear that Alberta has a long-term structural shortage of revenue and will continue to go further into debt until significantly more revenue raised or massive cuts are made to public services.

Those services, like health care, education, and supports for our most vulnerable residents, are already stretched thin and would be made much worse with cuts. Protecting and revitalizing those services can only be done by raising more stable tax revenue.