Incoming Alberta NDP premier says no full budget until the fall

Incoming Alberta premier Rachel Notley says her NDP government won’t be tabling a full provincial budget until the fall.

EDMONTON — Incoming Alberta premier Rachel Notley says her NDP government won’t be tabling a full provincial budget until the fall.

She says the legislature will be asked to approve what she called an “interim supply budget” to finance the operations of government in the meantime.

“It’s really important that we take the time that’s necessary to go through the budget. We’re going to have access to a great deal more information in terms of preparing that budget than we certainly ever did as members of the opposition,” Notley said at a news conference Wednesday.

“It’s also really important to ensure that all members of my caucus are able to … be part of the process as we go through balancing our fiscal plan to meet the objectives that we laid out in our platform.

“It’s not an easy process. It’s going to require a great deal of work over the summer.”

Notley says the legislature is to reconvene June 11 with a speech from the throne four days later.

She says her 12-member cabinet, which will include herself, is to be sworn in on Sunday and will hold its first meeting in Calgary next week.

She says other members of the legislature elected in the May 5 vote are to be sworn in on June 1.

The NDP won 54 of the province’s 87 seats in the legislature to topple a 44-year Progressive Conservative dynasty.

During the campaign, the party promised to increase corporate taxes by two percentage points and raise taxes on the wealthy, while avoiding cuts to health and education funding.

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