Can­not log­i­cally com­pare Al­berta’s oil sit­u­a­tion to Nor­way’s

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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

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