04/11/2012 02:11 EDT | Updated 06/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Alberta Tories lead the pack with $3.4B in new spending, says tax watchdog

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.