Thursday, February 26, 2004

On framing the provincial finances

A CBC news report on the Alberta provincial budget surplus opens with:
Higher than expected oil and gas revenues will help the province record a surplus of $3 billion this year....
That makes it sound like everything is great, that we're a super-rich province, and that we've got more than enough money for everything.

The reality is that we have a rapidly growing homeless population, healthcare and education spending have been slashed, our resources are being given away, etc. The reason there's a surplus is that money which should be spent on the health and future of our province, of the people, is being greedily held back by the provincial government.

But the framing of the CBC report paints right over that reality.

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