03/07/2013 09:27 EST | Updated 03/07/2013 09:40 EST

Alberta Budget 2013 Twitter Reaction


If reaction in social media was any indication of how the 2013 Alberta budget was received on Thursday, the numbers in the document were equally offensive to conservatives and progressives.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi criticized cuts being made to post-secondary education, a sentiment repeated over and over again on Twitter, with students maligning the cuts and the cancellation of the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Twitter user Ashley Dawn questioned the wisdom in borrowing money to build new schools, when no money is set aside to pay for more teachers. Many others echoed the sentiment calling education funding decisions in the budget short-sighted, as others attempted to remind government that education is supposed to be an investment.

Many were quick to remind voters the mistake they made by electing Alison Redford as premier, while others strongly condemned the Tory leader for putting Alberta so deep in the red.

Others also took personal objection to how easily the PCs are willing to go out and borrow money. Spending more than what is coming in and borrowing money to build stuff seen as an affront to Alberta's political values and many were quick to sharply voice those opinions.

Browse through the gallery below for a summary of online reaction.

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Others, however, laid the situation squarely in the shoulders of the conservative slash-and-burn budgets of the past.

"Aren't we all glad that we lived through the 90s Klein cuts so we could have money for education and health care now?" said Tracey Braun on Twitter.

For many, the elephant in the room was Alberta's revenue stream, with many citing the requirement for tax reform, while others went further and asked why the province is so low in cash when there are so many tremendously wealthy corporations in Alberta.

"Oh, I'm SO relieved that the rich people and oil companies of this province won't have to pay more tax," said Twitter user Liz Ludwig.