CALGARY - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is recommending some drastic measures to help pay for the billions of dollars in flood damage suffered in Alberta earlier this year.

Alberta director Derek Fildebrandt says the unexpected cost is expected to grow the province's consolidated deficit by $7 billion in the next three years.

The group is calling on the Alberta government to reallocate $4.4 billion in annual spending away from pre-flood commitments in order to pay for rebuilding.

Fildebrandt says a key component would be rolling back the salaries of provincial employees by six to 10 per cent.

The federation also wants Albertans to be required to have mandatory flood insurance in the future.

A spokesperson with Alberta Municipal Affairs could not be immediately reached for comment.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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  • Take a look at some of the Alberta government's efforts with flood recovery in the two months since the flooding began in June.

  • The government pledged $1 billion in initial funding to respond to the flooding emergency. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Almost $70 million in immediate support has been distributed as pre-loaded debit cards to Albertans forced from their homes, almost $48 million within the first five days of launching the program. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • The province committed $50 million directly to the worst hit community, High River, to get essential services back up and running. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • In High River, 831 home inspections have been completed. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Of the 452 inspected High River homes that will need to be significantly repaired or rebuilt, 364 have been fully assessed and 59 have been remediated. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Over 8,000 applications for Disaster Recovery support are already being processed, with approximately 1,400 payments totaling nearly $7 million already made. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Almost 2,700 Albertans are still out of their homes living in temporary neighborhoods, hotels and with friends and family. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Of the 8,000 applications for Disaster Recovery, 1,000 are being processed for small businesses. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • 53 modular classrooms are under construction so students have a safe environment to start school in September. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • This aerial photo shows Cougar Creek running through Canmore, Alberta, Canada, on Friday June 21, 2013. Flooding forced the western Canadian city of Calgary to order the evacuation of the entire downtown area on Friday, as the waters reached the 10th row of the city’s hockey arena. Communities throughout southern Alberta are dealing with overflowing rivers that have washed out roads and bridges, inundated homes and turned streets into dirt-brown tributaries. About 350,000 people work in downtown Calgary on a typical day. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

  • Over 830 kilometers of provincial roads affected by flooding have reopened. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Committed $20 million to restore land damaged by erosion. Source: <a href="http://alberta.ca/extremerainfall.cfm" target="_blank">Alberta Government</a>

  • Check out some of the most moving photos from the Alberta flood.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford thanks Capt. Jill Bristow for rescue and relief efforts by her and 2,200 Canadian Forces members in Southern Alberta. Bristow, a pilot with 417 Squadron in Cold Lake, and the rest of her chopper crew pulled people from raging floodwaters in High River on June 20, 2013.

  • A young girl hugs a Calgary police officer. " It's going to be ok," said one Twitter comment in response to the photo. Some commented on how the girl had done what many wanted to do to show their thanks.

  • Kevan Yaets crawled out the back window of his pick up truck with his cat Momo as the flood waters swept him downstream after submerging his truck in High River, Alberta on Thursday, June 20, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • Yeats later said he had no idea the cat would plunge into the water and nimbly swim across a flooded street to dry land.

  • Christine Bierman and Mickey Cimolai drive away through Canmore flood waters surrounding their rented condo. The couple had planned to get married the weekend of the flood, and almost called it off, until the community encouraged them to go ahead with it.

  • When the city of Calgary requested a few volunteers show up for cleanup efforts after the flood, thousands showed up instead.

  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper said when touring the flooded region, "I've seen a little bit of flooding in Calgary before," he said. "I don't think any of us have seen anything like this."

  • Edmonton police officers arrived in Calgary to offer their support.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford runs into superman, also known as Jackson, who had been wearing the outfit for two days because he heard people were in trouble. "He just happened to be taking a break from saving the world when he ran into Premier Redford. Thank you, Jackson, for making today a little happier for all of us," a statement on Redford's Facebook account read.

  • Krystal Lelond of Black Diamond clutches her cat Pipi after being evacuated from her home after the Sheep River overflowed its banks.

  • Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi runs into three young helpers who are raising funds for Red Cross by selling lemonade and cookies.

  • Volunteers from AMP90.3 bring coffee to Edmonton Police Officers who headed to Calgary to help their neighbours.

  • A Tim Hortons gift card is left on the window of a police cruiser in Calgary.

  • Alberta Premier Alison Redford reacts to the devastating aftermath of the flood.

  • Cookies along with a thank you card are left on a police cruiser in Calgary.

  • A convoy of military vehicles makes its way through a flooded highway before heading in to the flood zone in High River, Alta. on Saturday June 22, 2013 after the Highwood River overflowed its banks.

  • Aerial photos of Canmore and Calgary flooding:

  • A washed out foot bridge lies on the creek bed in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Flood waters surround the hospital in Canmore, Alta. on Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Flood waters surround buildings in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Cougar Creek runs through the Trans Canada Highway during heavy floods in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Cougar Creek runs through the Trans Canada Highway during heavy floods in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Road damaged is shown looking west along the Trans-Canada Highway in Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Heavy equipment operators work to keep up with debris, as Cougar Creek pours over the Trans-Canada Highway near Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • Cougar Creek runs through the Trans Canada Highway during heavy floods in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Cougar Creek runs through the Trans Canada Highway during heavy floods in Canmore, Alta. Friday, June 21, 2013.

  • Cars and trucks sit on the road looking east along the Trans-Canada Highway from Canmore, Alberta on Friday June 21, 2013.

  • The Calgary Stampede grounds are immersed in water during heavy flooding in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • The Calgary Stampede grounds are immersed in water during heavy flooding in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • The Calgary Stampede grounds are immersed in water during heavy flooding in Calgary, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

  • A flooded downtown Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.

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    A flooded Calgary is seen from a aerial view of the city Saturday, June 22, 2013.