Climate Change – Is Alberta Oklahoma North?

In his April 20, 2012 column in the Globe & Mail, Jeffrey Simpson worried that Canada will have its first influential politician who does not accept the reality of climate change. His concern is that Danielle Smith, the leader of the Wildrose Party, will be the next Premier of Alberta.  Ms. Smith has repeatedly said that …

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Resource Curse or Dutch Disease aka “Petrodollars”

 Many discussions of the impact of oil discovery and exploitation focus on the Dutch Disease. Simply put, the economic benefits of a large oil discovery may be muted by the repercussions that can impact an economy. For example, the production of oil may attract domestic resources, such as finance and labour, with a consequent negative …

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Alberta Bets on Boom with Big-Spending Budget.

So reads the headline on the front section of the Friday, February 10th edition of the Globe and Mail.  “The provincial budget, released a day after census data showing hundreds of thousands of people have flocked to energy rich Alberta, accentuates the widening gulf between the West and the rest of Canada, a sign of …

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