Alberta lost 1,790 residents in the first three months of 2016.
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"This gives us an opportunity to keep our employees working and get some cash flow coming into the tap.''
"We are nervous about what is coming.''
The U.S. benchmark price of oil is above US$33 a barrel.
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The finance minister said infrastructure investments could help Alberta as oil prices fall.
But there is hope for industries other than oil.
Alberta and Saskatchewan, despite being hit by oil prices, will continue to pay into the program as "have" provinces.
"And as much as I would like to be able to inject some mechanism of ameliorating the price of oil, it's quite frankly something that's beyond the capacity of this government."
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ATB is no longer predicting Alberta will avoid a recession this year.
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Many customers are hoping to reclaim items when things turn around.
About a quarter of WestJet's capacity originates from the oil-producing province.
CALGARY - Alberta's Crown-owned bank says the province's economy remains in the doldrums, but it is not expecting a recession this year.ATB Financial says thanks to low oil prices Alberta's gross dome...