How the Tar Sands Threaten Canada’s Economic Fate

A short course in Dutch Disease, deindustrialization and the Bitumen Curse.

By Andrew Nikiforuk,

Every week Canada’s least favorite Emir, Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach, earnestly lectures Canadians that the mighty tar sands are a boon to the national economy because “Alberta’s engine drives Canada.”

Just a week ago the eloquent Stelmach told the folks at the annual Canadian premiers conference that the project has the grandest of national visions: “It’s all about jobs and it’s all about the tax revenue that will flow to the federal government and the provinces.” In other words dirty oil now cements prosperity and serves up stacks of cash for fat and lazy governments.

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