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Premier reaffirms his government's budget during State of the Province

Last Updated Oct 29, 2019 at 6:42 pm MDT

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – Premier Jason Kenney spoke about the budget and the state of the province during an address at the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Tuesday afternoon.

Kenney repeated some common points, such as his dissatisfaction with equalization, providing assistance to the oil and gas industry, and reducing debt.

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Posted by CityNews Edmonton on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

He also mentioned the transit funding getting a lot of focus in Calgary.

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“While it’s true we’re extending the timeframe for funding, the government’s overall commitment has not changed,” Kenney told the crowd. “We are honouring a key recommendation of the McKinnon Panel, that capital spending be brought into line with the levels of others provinces, and we’re doing that by moderating spending over time, but not stopping it.”

Kenney, an MLA in Calgary, did not mention the city very much other than to say how Edmonton is doing better economically.

The premier also announced he would appoint a new panel that will take a look at Alberta’s role in the federation and how the province can assert itself more strongly.

“To identify ways in which we can more creatively assert ourselves and protect our core interests,” Kenney said. “And we will be very imaginative and wide-ranging in all of the ideas that we will consider.”