Why Alberta’s NDP may need to take on its union friends after Thursday’s budget

Ceci Budget Health Spending
Finance Minister Joe Ceci, at centre, will have to contend with Alberta’s ballooning health-care costs when he delivers his 2017 budget.

Alberta’s NDP government faces an obvious problem as it prepares to release its 2017 budget on Thursday — its revenues have cratered while its expenses continue to rise. Yet if ever there was a chance to rein in public-sector spending, the government now has one at the bargaining table.

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