The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?

Separation has become a real possibility thanks to the abuses and injustices imposed by Ottawa

The Canada option: is it still viable for Alberta?In the past couple of weeks, a retired senior oil executive, Gwyn Morgan, a former premier of Saskatchewan, Brad Wall, and a veteran journalist, Don Braid, all commented publicly on the current position of Alberta in Canada. They agreed on the nature of the problem, but stopped short of suggesting the obvious response. It’s not…

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staff

The sector is still a long ways away from permanent solutions, says company president Robert Broen

Athabasca Oil chopping 25% of head office staffAthabasca Oil Corp. announced on Tuesday that it has undertaken a number of actions to enhance its competitiveness and resiliency. It has introduced a streamlined corporate cost structure that consists of a 25 per cent reduction in head office staff effective immediately and 10 per cent rollback in salaries for executives and directors. The company did…

Justin Trudeau exposes his weaknesses, again

His political acumen falls short, as does his ability to stay on narrative or even appear genuine

Justin Trudeau exposes his weaknesses, againCanadian conservatives like to argue that the mainstream media does its darnedest to protect Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s public image at all costs. By and large, this statement is valid. Yet there are moments when even the media can’t protect his backside – or doesn’t want to. Case in point: the PM’s interview with Rosemary…

Interprovincial trade barriers are a national embarrassment

Studies suggest these constraints cost the Canadian economy up to $130 billion a year. But we can change that

Interprovincial trade barriers are a national embarrassmentBy Sen. Jane Cordy and Sen. Diane Bellemare Canada’s framework for interprovincial trade is patchy at best. While Canada has signed on to free trade agreements with countries around the world, there are significant barriers to the free flow of goods and services within our own borders. Studies have suggested that these interprovincial trade constraints…

Alberta cuts oil production in face of price differential

‘Every Albertan owns the energy resources in the ground and we have a duty to defend those resources,’ says Premier Notley

Alberta cuts oil production in face of price differentialAlberta Premier Rachel Notley announced on Sunday that the province is mandating a short-term reduction in oil production in response to the historically high oil price differential. The provincial government says that differential is costing the national economy more than $80 million a day. Production of raw crude oil and bitumen will be reduced by…

Killing the energy industry cripples the tech sector

Federal inaction on the petroleum file damages corporate balance sheets, which in turn stalls investments in tech

Killing the energy industry cripples the tech sectorSomeone is planning to slowly kill Silicon Valley – to scrub from existence the companies and their employees making so much difference in the tech space. Who in their right mind would countenance such a thing? Who would even suggest killing initiatives like artificial intelligence and machine learning, and blockchain innovations. We know those cool buzzwords…

Two crises, one ineffectual government

The failure to approve a pipeline has turned an economic problem into an existential crisis for the country

Two crises, one ineffectual governmentOne crisis in the West. One crisis in the East. Can Prime Minister Justin Trudeau feel the eyes on his back? Alberta and other portions of the West are absolutely reeling from the devastating impact of criminally low oil prices. Oil and gas companies and their suppliers are losing money. Our resources are being stolen.…

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?

National No-Hydrocarbon Days would hit both anti-energy and complacent Canadians where it hurts: their energy-entitled lives

Will Canadians pay attention if we turn the pumps off?Maybe the oil and gas sector should take a page from the postal workers’ playbook and implement rotating strikes. Look how fast Ottawa jumped to the pump on the postal file. Screw with timely arrival of Canadian gifts at Christmas? No sir. But Canadians’ gas tanks? A whole other matter entirely. That's why the sector…

Canadian economy staring into the abyss

We are weeks away from a systemic collapse of large parts of the energy industry in Canada. We need to act quickly and decisively

Canadian economy staring into the abyssJust how close is the Alberta oil patch to catastrophic failure? In an informal and I admit very unscientific review of sentiment in Calgary's oil patch conducted by Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech) officers last week, a chilling tale of fear emerged. With Western Canada Select crude (WCS) bottoming out at less than $10 a…

Carbon taxes defy science, cripple economies

Fossil fuels are what made our health and economic progress over the past 150 years possible – and continue to do so

Carbon taxes defy science, cripple economiesThe U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a non-binding resolution that a carbon tax would kill jobs, damage the revitalized American economy, and disproportionately impact poor, minority and working class families. The vote also reflects the fact that America is still over 80 per cent dependent on fossil fuels – and helps explain why a…
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