Cannot logically compare Alberta’s oil situation to Norway’s
Re: “Conservatives responsible for current mess in Alberta,” Dec. 1
Once again, Peter Mueller is gushing socialist reasoning. As a former teacher he should know that Norway is a sovereign nation and Alberta is a province within Canada. Comparing Norway to Alberta is like comparing the Queen of England to the mayor.
The country of Norway owns 67 per cent of Equinor, the largest oil and gas operator on the Norwegian continental shelf. They have operations in Australia, Algeria, Angola, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Canada, China, Libya, Nigeria, Russia, United States, and Venezuela. Norway has miles of ocean front, plenty of off-shore drilling activity and shipping ports. Equinor is the 26th largest company, by profit in the world. This huge company is government controlled. That is socialism! Take a poll and ask Albertans, if they want that level of government control. In 2016 six per cent of Canadian oil imports came from Norway! Yes, eastern Canada buys oil from Norway rather then their fellow countrymen in Alberta. Alberta is both landlocked, politically locked and has $24 billion per year taken by the federal government. Who is confiscating Norway’s money? Canada can’t even build a pipeline as a nation; how would we possibly compete with Norway.
Peter, if sales tax is the answer, then why hasn’t “clear-headed, pragmatic, and energized” Rachel Notley implemented one?
Peter, if you want to compare Norway to the country of Canada, fine, but once you do that, it will become clear that Canada is being run by a boy wearing man’s clothes.
Mike Somerville Medicine Hat