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Oil Sands fever

| December 27, 2013

The Staple Theory at 50: Alberta's sands, staples and traps

| October 18, 2013
Christopher Majka

The Mind of Mulcair: The leader of the NDP on energy, climate change, and electoral reform

| May 7, 2013
David J. Climenhaga

Dutch Disease plus unbalanced equalization: A shot across Alberta's oily bow

| April 2, 2013
David Suzuki

Does selling off our resources make us an energy superpower?

| March 27, 2013

Dutch disease is dead, long live Dutch disease!

In the hyper-polarized context of Canadian energy policy debates, even suggesting that there might be a downside to the untrammeled energy boom centred in northern Alberta is enough to get you labelled a traitor or an economic illiterate -- or both. Conservative political leaders in both Ottawa and Edmonton, backed by energy-friendly think-tanks and the Sun media chain, have tried to paint such thinking as idiotic and dangerous, not deserving of serious consideration. This is a distinctly McCarthyist strategy: it relies on vilifying and marginalizing opposition, rather than debating facts and arguments.

David J. Climenhaga

Sorry about what we said, Tom, but spare a sigh for Alberta, latest victim of Dutch Disease

| February 13, 2013

Resource mismanagement in Canada

Photo: SkyTruth / flickr
The first principal of effective resource economies is to not squander your wealth. Canada's record? "Lamentable."

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Christopher Majka

Failing grades: The Canadian resource economy -- Part 1

| October 16, 2012

Canada's tar sands development: Headfirst into a staples trap

Tar sand. Photo: Suncor Energy/Flickr

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney spoke in Calgary recently on "Dutch disease". The Governor denied emphatically that a boom in one sector (petroleum) represented a loss in another (manufacturing).

Without mentioning Tom Mulcair by name, Carney delivered a direct repudiation of the argument advanced by the leader of the Official Opposition, who has been pointing out that over-development of the Alberta sands is creating an unbalanced Canadian economy, and is not sustainable.

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