Putting Together BC and Alberta's Shared Prosperity Puzzle

British Columbia and Alberta are perfectly poised to lead Canada’s transition to a more sustainable form of energy security and prosperity. Instead they have created a level of hostility and resentment I don’t think we’ve ever seen between the two provinces. It’s all fire and fury as threats of lawsuits are tossed over the Rockies into B.C., along with a boycott of B.C. wine and swearing off vacations here. All this for the B.C. government raising concerns over what could happen if a pipeline or tanker transporting hazardous materials ruptures and threatens thousands of jobs and entire industries.

From: National Observer, February 14th 2018 for full article go here

The war cries centre on how our respective provinces can hurt one another, B.C. by defending its environment and economy, which purportedly puts Alberta jobs at risk, and Alberta by attacking B.C. industries, which definitely puts B.C. jobs at risk. With Alberta’s provincial election roughly a year away, this seems less like true leadership and more like unhinged desperation. There are other more constructive conversations we could be having. So let me sing some of Alberta’s praises for a moment.

Alberta is proud of its energy sector, the prosperity it has created in that province, the identity of the province as a hard-working, hard-playing, intrepid and entrepreneurial place where people aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

My family roots are there and many friends and family work in the oil patch. I don’t oppose Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline twinning because I have some ill will towards my own friends and family or Alberta in general. I oppose it because I have a moral obligation, and collectively we have an ethical obligation, to stand up for the interests of our respective communities and our provinces in order to protect what generates our own prosperity and sustains our quality of life. What self-respecting community, city or province wouldn’t do this?

Yet we are cast as ungrateful and maladjusted, bad partners in confederation, hypocrites unworthy of the gas in our cars and electricity in our homes for our concerns about B.C. taking on all the risk, and none of the reward, of a Texas-owned pipeline exporting toxic sand speckled tar to China. To Alberta Premier Rachel Notley we seem to be little more than a place to plough through. We have too much self-respect and pride of our own to simply put up with that kind of treatment.

For full article visit the National Observer site here