Newly appointed Energy Minister, Ken Hughes, has been tasked
with taking on one of Alberta's most crucial portfolios which
requires a juggling act involving the demands of government, the
demands of the public and those of industry, all while
Alberta's oil industry is under the microscope.
Mr. Hughes is the former chair of the province's health
board, a one-term Progressive Conservative MP and a
Harvard-educated insurance entrepreneur. His appointment serves as
a signal of Premier Redford's intention boost the public
profile and improve the public image of Alberta's energy
Boosting the public profile of Alberta's energy sector
starts with addressing environmental issues according to Mr.
Hughes. He told the Globe and Mail that Alberta must prove
to people beyond its borders that "we are conducting ourselves
appropriately so that we have a social license to continue to
develop our resources."
Mr. Hughes stated that "there are strategic challenges we
face around our ability to develop the natural resources we have,
do it in an environmentally appropriate way and tell the rest of
the world how we're doing that in an environmentally
appropriate way." He also said that "...this is a great
gift we have received. It's not of our own creation, but to
make the most of it is our obligation. The fact we are so fortunate
imposes upon us a higher level of obligation of performing
Mr. Hughes, along with Environment Minister Diana McQueen and
Premier Redford, will lead the charge in shifting Alberta's
role in Canada. "Ms. Redford has championed a Canadian energy
strategy that would knit together the renewable and non-renewable
energy sectors of several provinces, and presumably, help push a
pipeline through to the West Coast" said Josh Wingrove of The
Globe and Mail.
The new energy strategy involves ensuring that "going
forward, we are developing our resources in as environmentally
appropriate way as we possibly can" Mr. Hughes told the
Globe and Mail.
Travis Davies, a spokesman for the Canadian Association of
Petroleum Producers has said that Mr. Hughes' business
experience and ties in both the provincial and federal government
should serve him well in his new appointment. This is good news as
the energy sector is "obviously an important portfolio for us
in Alberta," Davies said.
It's a positive sign to see that our provinces leaders are
really tuning in to the importance of developing Alberta's
resources with the environment and environmental issues at the
forefront of discourse and strategy.
Co-authored with Lee Axford, Student at Law
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