Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandoned

Blocking Prairie oil is not about the environment. And neither is it about safety. It's all about politics and control

Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandonedIn mocking response to those wishing to separate, some quip that Alberta would remain landlocked the day after it becomes independent.  With a more respectful tone, Alberta’s premier used similar words in his recent “fair deal for Alberta” speech. Those endorsing and those opposing Alberta’s separation from Canada would benefit from a clear statement of…

Alberta’s UCP needs the feds to get Trans Mountain done

It was actually the federal Liberals and Alberta’s previous NDP government that did the heavy lifting needed to get the project started

Alberta’s UCP needs the feds to get Trans Mountain doneIt was more than a little disingenuous for Alberta’s still newish UCP government to stand up and claim last week that its “perseverance” led to the start of construction of the long-delayed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion. “Perseverance has got us to this point,” clucked Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage. “When others were criticizing our energy…

Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: report

Alberta's spending reduction plans much smaller than previous governments that wanted to eliminate the deficit, says Fraser Report

Alberta’s budget cuts not aggressive enough: reportThe Alberta government’s plan to eliminate the budget deficit by 2022/23 is less aggressive — both by timeline and by the amount of spending reductions — than previous successful deficit-reduction plans by other governments across Canada, says a new report released Thursday by public policy think tank the Fraser Institute.  “The recent Alberta budget represents…

Husky Energy cutting planned capital spending by $500 M

Capital spending in 2020 will be directed towards advancing the Lloyd thermal project and ongoing construction of a project in the Atlantic region

Husky Energy cutting planned capital spending by $500 MCalgary-based Husky Energy announced Monday it is reducing its capital program by half-a-billion dollars in 2022 and 2020. “We are continuing to focus on safe and reliable operations as we build on our improved 2019 performance and work towards our target of becoming a global top-quartile process safety performer by the end of 2022,” CEO…

Wexit threatening Alberta’s economic recovery

The worst thing Alberta can do is let the Wexit debate linger. A never-ending debate will only trigger a permanent loss of economic power and status

Wexit threatening Alberta’s economic recoveryWhen the topic of political separation comes up, there’s one thing most of us can agree on: it’s bad for business. Recent grumblings in Alberta about breaking free of Ottawa’s shackles – which are, less face it, profoundly annoying and bad for business in their own way – brought back memories of that other separatist…

Alberta sees uptick in wholesale trade sector

Alberta sees uptick in wholesale trade sectorFollowing two consecutive declines, wholesale sales in Alberta increased 1.9 per cent to $6.9 billion in September primarily as a result of higher sales in the machinery, equipment and supplies subsector, says Statistics Canada. The federal agency reported Monday that subsector rose by six per cent to $2.2 billion. “While all industries within this subsector…

How to reform Alberta’s energy regulation

Less red tape and shorter decision timelines would improve Alberta’s investment environment and free up AER’s resources

How to reform Alberta’s energy regulationBy Steven Globerman and Jairo Yunis The Fraser Institute In September, Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage announced a formal government review of the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) and replaced the AER’s board of directors with an interim panel. AER’s mandate is governing structure and operational practices in the industry. Since the announcement, several independent investigations…

Oil drilling industry pressures Ottawa

Industry blames ‘punitive’ federal policies and regulations for its struggles

Oil drilling industry pressures OttawaFollowing the federal election in October, the sentiment toward Canadian oil and gas is nearing all-time lows, says a report by the Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors. The association says that since 2017 the industry has lost an estimated $30 billion in foreign capital, and companies continue layoffs and relocation efforts. It says its…

Government roadblocks cripple energy industry

Certainly there are factors beyond domestic control, but some simple regulatory changes and a general will to help industry will go a long way

Government roadblocks cripple energy industryAndrew Leach, an energy and environmental economist at the University of Alberta, recently observed that a number of things challenge the oil and gas industry in Canada, particularly the oil sands sector. And some of those challenges aren’t the fault of Canadian politicians or environmental activists. He noted that the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers…

‘Firewall’ tactics won’t do much to boost Alberta

As cathartic as it may be, it’s unclear that anything Kenney has prescribed will do much to improve the business climate in this province

‘Firewall’ tactics won’t do much to boost AlbertaManaging our own affairs is good for business. That, at least, is what Alberta’s premier would like us to believe, following a policy speech delivered to a conservative crowd in Red Deer on Saturday. But is it? It depends on how you turn the coin. Premier Jason Kenney said he was up all night writing…
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