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Alberta Premier Alison Redford looks to the gallery before Minister of Finance Doug Horner presents the 2013 budget at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday March 7, 2013.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford looks to the gallery before Minister of Finance Doug Horner presents the 2013 budget at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday March 7, 2013.
(Jason Franson/CP)

DAVID PARKINSON

Alberta’s “bitumen bubble” deflates, lifting hopes for budget

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Alberta’s dreaded “bitumen bubble” has suddenly, dramatically, lost its air. And that could breathe some life into the province’s wheezing finances.