Tag Archives: Canadian Energy Strategy

While Brad Wall is “Showboating” Rachel Notley Moves On

“Premier Wall says that if standing up for your industry and your province is showboating, take me to the bridge.”—Brad Wall’s response to Rachel Notley’s comment that Wall was “showboating” on the eve of the premiers’ meeting.   Brad Wall … Continue reading

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Will Platts Pop Alberta’s “Bitumen Bubble”?

Platts, a global company with a remarkably flaccid name, finds itself smack in the middle of an international price fixing scandal and I really hope the Alberta government is paying attention!  Last week the European Commission storm troopers, sorry, inspectors, … Continue reading

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Redford’s Keystone Ad in the New York Times: The St Patrick’s Day Blunder

So it’s come to this has it?  Premier Redford has officially abdicated responsibility for the Canadian natural resource strategy to her communications director, Stefan Baranski, who persuaded Ms Redford to place an ad in today’s New York Times.   The … Continue reading

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Alberta: Poised on the Fiscal Cliff. Again!

The Alberta Progressive Conservatives are in deep trouble when the only PC making any sense is Ron Liepert (yes, that Ron Liepert, Alberta’s former finance minister and one man wrecking crew).  Mr Liepert says it’s time for the government to … Continue reading

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The Redford & Clark dispute: Who really benefits?

Question:  How did the regulatory process for the Enbridge pipeline go so badly off the rails?  I’m talking about the “no benefit/no pipe” rhetoric coming from the Alison Redford and Christy Clark camps which threatens to upend Enbridge’s Northern Gateway … Continue reading

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A $500 Dinner and a $15 Cab Ride

I left the $500 a ticket fundraising dinner for Premier Redford and stepped into the cab.  I was crestfallen and concerned.  The reason for my unease became crystal clear when my cabbie, a lanky young Frenchman, asked what all the … Continue reading

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What Do Alison Redford and George Orwell Have in Common?

Premier Redford and the novelist George Orwell have one thing in common—they recognize the value of euphemisms in political discourse. A euphemism is a mild or indirect word or expression used in place of one that is too harsh or … Continue reading

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