Gary Mason: 'Barring some unexpected, cataclysmic economic event, dealing with Alberta’s energy future (and by extension Saskatchewan’s) is going to have to be a top priority for the new government.'
Left unattended, the embers of alienation and separatism will only grow more intense
That angst and resentment was embodied in the slogan “The West Wants In.” The sense of alienation that existed west of Ontario would give rise to the Reform Party, which would elect dozens of MPs from across Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia in the 1990s and use Parliament Hill as a megaphone for their issues.
Yet, here we are, decades after Reform’s birth, and the anger and bitterness once so palpable in the West is again bubbling to the surface. This time, however, the dynamics are fundamentally different. This is not “The West Wants In: Redux.” Rather, some are asking if it’s time for the West to leave.
Barring some unexpected, cataclysmic economic event, dealing with Alberta’s energy future (and by extension Saskatchewan’s) is going to have to be a top priority for the new government. Unattended, the embers of alienation and separatism, now being stoked by provincial leaders unabashed about making political gains at the expense of national unity, will only become more intense.
Nor is it an option for those living in Alberta and Saskatchewan to pretend there is no climate problem. Even the then-president of Suncor Energy, Steve Williams,
Mr. Williams urged politicians who might have climate-change deniers among their support base to become braver, to correct people, to speak out more strongly about what needs to be done. And what needs to be done is planning for a future that doesn’t include a thriving fossil fuel industry.
Hopefully, now that the election is over, some of our political leaders can put down their poison dart guns and start thinking more rationally and less selfishly. This country is worth fighting for. And worth sacrificing for.Read more: The Globe and Mail
Hoping for so much more. There is no discussion of the the future (10 years and out) of O&G. The most optimistic report I have seen indicates that oil demand increases over the next 3 yrs., plateaus for 7, then goes off a cliff. If this is true, why even start another pipeline? The ''West'' is not cottage country nor a fuel pump, they're very distinct & varied provinces. BC has to query the rational for being in federalism. It has more in common now with West-coast states than governance 2000 miles away. Time for Cascadia to get beyond a notion. bcpoli
Balanced article. Well done. Great read, thank you! I agree that everyone must agree that climate change is a thing but so is the importance of oil to Canada's economy, so let's figure out how we do both. People on both sides of the spectrum must budge on their positions. and land lock themselves? it ain't going to happen. unless they want to allow the USA to control them.
There is nothing they cld do to swing votes and sentiment in AB. Albertans do not control their oil & gas. These resources have been fought over by politicians & international oil companies like a pack of ravening hyenas for a very long time with Albertans in the middle. Sorry ,all talk Alberta & Sask. Will take it into our own hands as we seek separation
Why? It’s been a higher priority of this government than the last one and Alberta and Saskatchewan voters rejected it outright. Why? Apparently Canadians don’t need nor want made in Canada energy. What a joke. Alberta needs to separate.
Election Day 2019: Tight race likely to turn into late nightThe outcome of the 2019 federal election is in voters' hands, with the first polls in Atlantic Canada now closed and results continuing to stream in from across the country. I support this tweet. someone remove Craig Oliver from your Election desk already ,he’s getting really stupid and cranky Why you tweet like this?
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Tight RacesFull, exclusive federal election coverage. Breaking news, features and latest poll results on the 2019 Canadian general election. Unless 338 is waaaaaay off, Etobicoke Centre is going red.
BellwetherFull, exclusive federal election coverage. Breaking news, features and latest poll results on the 2019 Canadian general election. Voters were turned away at our poll station today. Many couldn't vote any other time. The person responsible for our Poll wasn't there. Those are lost votes. Ummmmm, why is Peace River--Westlock a riding to watch exactly?!?
LIVE: Election 2019 special coverageCTV News Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme leads special coverage of the 2019 federal election . CTV News, you forgot to put the other parties up on your televised coverage, only showing Lib, Cons, and NDP. I guess I’ll watch the election coverage on Rebel Media, they’ll show all the parties involved. Boycotting your coverage! Love me some Liberals 🇨🇦🎉✌️✊👏👍🏻🏳️🌈🏆🤝🌎
Opinion: Canada’s election campaign has revealed a deeply fractured countryWhether it’s Quebec vs. English Canada, West vs. East or young vs. old, unity is hard to find in the 2019 federal race – and it may still elude us afterward GlobeDebate ... courtesy of the media GlobeDebate No it hasn’t. Why don’t you stop with the sensationalism just to try and sell papers. GlobeDebate Deeply fractured in that the current leader said people who disagree with him aren’t Canadians. Jee golly I wonder why you think it’s a “fractured” country.