02/06/2014 03:17 EST | Updated 04/08/2014 05:59 EDT

Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner to table 2014-15 budget on March 6

EDMONTON - The Alberta government will bring down its 2014-15 budget on March 6.

Finance Minister Doug Horner has said he expects a better bottom line this year due to a lower Canadian dollar.

A falling loonie hikes the value of Alberta's energy exports, which are valued in U.S. dollars.

Horner has also promised that the budget will stay tight despite a strong provincial economy.

Premier Alison Redford's government has forecast a deficit in this year's operating budget and is on track to run up $17 billion in capital debt by 2016.

Redford and Horner have said the spending is necessary to keep up with a rapidly growing population now at four million.