Conversations That Matter: Western alienation

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The Prairie provinces have been hammered like everyone else by the shutdown of their economy by the coronavirus.

It is another blow to an already beleaguered region. Oil and gas revenues tanked over the past few years as the price of a barrel of oilplunged. Add in a chorus of voices both domestically and internationally calling for the demise of the Canadian energy sector and the federal government’s mixed messages about development of resources in Alberta.

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In the midst of the pandemic that is affecting the entire country, Green Leader Elizabeth May warned the prime minister to not put money into supporting the oil and gas sector because as she put it, the industry is dead.

Yet the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a statistics agency, says the demand for oil will remain strong for decades to come.

The combination of hits has fuelled feelings of alienation and growing support for separation. Alberta Premier Jason Kenny, reading the mood of Albertans, set up his “Fair Deal Panel” to get ideas to provide Alberta with greater control of its destiny.