Alberta Premier Redford says election-year budget will be delivered on Feb. 9

01/20/2012 02:56 EST | Updated 03/21/2012 05:12 EDT
EDMONTON - Alberta Premier Alison Redford's government will deliver its election year budget on Feb. 9, two days after the spring sitting begins.

Redford made the announcement on Twitter.

The spending document is expected to be a key battleground in the upcoming provincial election, which by law must be held in March, April or May.

The Wildrose party has said the budget will show if Redford is a true fiscal conservative or a spender like her predecessor, Ed Stelmach.

The budget is expected to run a fifth consecutive deficit, though Redford has promised to balance spending with revenues by 2014.

The province is on track to run a $3.1-billion deficit this fiscal year.