Alberta's Premier, Alison Redford, recently completed a tour
through Washington, D.C., New York City, Toronto and Ottawa. She
punctuated the tour with a speech at the Economic Club of Canada in
Toronto where she set out a national vision for energy. In the
speech, the Premier stressed the importance of diversifying
Canada's energy exports to Asia, outlined a vision of Canada as
a global energy hub and articulated a national interest in the
success of the oil sands.
In the midst of the delayed decision on Keystone XL, Premier
Redford noted the need to have more customers for Canada's
energy products and the potential to "guarantee national
prosperity for a long time to come by supplying (Asia) with the
energy they need." Moreover, she noted that stronger links
with Asia need to "extend beyond oil and gas to include
technology for all forms of energy and its sustainable and
efficient usage." This statement reflected her theme of Canada
as a global hub for all forms of energy.
Premier Redford noted Canada's abundance in energy
resources, while emphasizing our human resources consisting of a
"skilled workforce capable of expanding production in an
environmentally, socially conscious and economically sustainable
manner." She set out a vision of Canada as a "preferred
international supplier of both energy and innovation" and
called for the provinces to start a "dialogue about the
outcome we want, not taking any source off the table" and to
"put old antagonisms behind us." Premier Redford noted
Canada's leadership in the development of nuclear power, hydro
and renewables, while identifying Ontario's current expertise
in smart grids and renewables.
Critically, Premier Redford articulated a vision for the oil
sands as a national resource that benefits from all provinces'
contributions and continues to innovate environmentally. The
Premier noted a past investment made by the Ontario government in
the oil sands during a troubled early period in the oil sands'
development. She then outlined the skills, expertise and materials
Ontarians supply to the oil sands, highlighting spin-offs from the
oil sands which create jobs across Canada. The Premier cited
projections that, over the next twenty-five years, "the oil
sands will fuel 450,000 positions country-wide" and
"Alberta-based energy companies will buy $55 billion worth of
goods and services from Ontario." She then highlighted
innovations occurring in the industry such as reduced greenhouse
gas intensity, reduced water use, successful reclamation of
tailings ponds and electricity cogeneration. Premier Redford
recognized criticism and disagreement over the oil sands and called
for a "meaningful dialogue" between stakeholders. Her
speech may spark such a dialogue.
Premier Redford concluded that Canada can achieve "a truly
national vision for energy that we can take to the rest of the
world" which contributes our "variety of energy sources,
the innovation and technology to supply them sustainably and best
practices on how to use them efficiently
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