EDMONTON - The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says Alberta's Progressive Conservatives are leading the pack when it comes to election spending promises.
The lobby group estimates that Premier Alison Redford has promised $3.4 billion to fund new schools, family care clinics, and tax incentives.
That works out to about $1,000 for every man, woman, and child in the province, and is on top of the $886-million deficit the Tories already expect to run up in this year's budget.
The N-D-P is second with $1.9 billion in new spending, followed by the Liberals with $770 million and the Wildrose with $308 million.
The Wildrose is promising balanced budgets and a return to building up the province's nest-egg Heritage Savings Trust Fund.
Danielle Smith's party has also made headlines for promising to rebate directly to Albertans a portion of all future oil royalty surpluses.