Financial Post | Opinion

Could lead to federal power grab and economic micromanagement down the road

In the past few years, provincial leaders have been seeking the Holy Grail of a Canadian energy strategy. Spurred on by some think-tanks, Alberta has especially grabbed the mantle seeking some sort of national consensus on an energy policy. Governments are well intentioned in trying to seek some common ground for the disparate views to maximize the value of energy to the Canada. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper has stated, Canada is an energy superpower, providing us both economic and political strength in a highly competitive world dominated by large economies.

For Alberta especially, a focus on Canadian energy strategy is an important attempt to reach out to other provinces and build support for oil sands development, worth trillions to the Canadian economy. In a sense, Alberta hopes that all Canadians feel that oil sands development is…

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