Forecast shows growing budget surplus on P.E.I. as election looms
Tourists visit Province House in Charlottetown on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)
THE CANADIAN PRESS
Published Wednesday, March 13, 2019 3:16PM ADT
CHARLOTTETOWN -- The Prince Edward Island government is forecasting a much larger surplus for the current fiscal year than budgeted.
The third-quarter forecast for 2018-2019 was released Wednesday, showing a projected surplus of $13.8 million, versus the Liberal government's budgeted surplus of $1.5 million.
Finance Minister Heath MacDonald says the province's economy continues to thrive.
The Conference Board of Canada recently forecast P.E.I. to lead the country in economic growth over the next year.
The new financial figures come in advance of an expected spring election on the Island.
Recent polls suggest the governing Liberals are trailing in support behind the Green and Progressive Conservative parties.