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The reason for Albertans’ anger is easy to explain. The Liberal government has done much to thwart the economic development of the province’s energy resources, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to continue with these kinds of policies.
For example, in 2016, the federal government cancelled the Northern Gateway pipeline that would have carried Alberta’s oil to the B.C. coast for export to Asian markets. In 2017, the Energy East pipeline, which would have carried bitumen from Alberta to New Brunswick, was cancelled by TransCanada partly due to regulatory changes related to environmental assessment that were initiated by the federal government.
Earlier this year, the Liberal government also passed Bill C-69, dubbed by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney as the “No More Pipelines Bill,” and Bill C-48, which bans tanker ships from carrying Alberta bitumen along B.C.’s northern coast. These actions further hamper the development of Alberta’s petroleum resources.
Together, these policies mean that there will be substantially less economic activity in Alberta, leading to fewer jobs and lower royalty revenue for the provincial government. In short, they will result in less prosperity and lower standards of living, all due to deliberate federal government actions. As if to illustrate this point, a little more than a week after the election, one of Canada’s largest energy companies, Encana, announced that it was changing its name and moving to the United States.
This article continues at [Epoch Times] [Michael Wagner] Albertans’ Post-Election Anger and the Attraction of Separatism