The fight over oil is now a fight about Confederation


Alberta Premier Alison Redford is unimpressed.

Redford said such an arrangement would be a first in Canada. She said many pipelines that cross Alberta carry resources from B.C., and mused about whether B.C. would be willing to give Alberta a cut of the royalties it earns from those resources. She said Clark is essentially suggesting “that somehow the fundamental fiscal arrangements of Confederation need to change.” “When you start doing that, it means every commercial project in Canada will now become or would become a matter for interprovincial negotiation,” Redford said.

Alberta’s Intergovernmental Affairs Minister chimes in.

“I don’t think that’s a contemplated option,” said Cal Dallas heading into a late afternoon cabinet meeting. “Clearly we need to move all kinds of product around the country through a variety of different infrastructure types and that hasn’t been the way we’ve done business in the past and I don’t believe there’ll be early contemplation of an option of such as you’re describing.”

“We don’t have any history of sharing in uranium in Saskatchewan or the vast mining resources that exist in Ontario and Quebec and certainly with respect to forestry products and the like that move from west to east from British Columbia so the answer is we have a system in place, it’s worked well.”


The fight over oil is now a fight about Confederation

  1. Alberta has been assuming the risk of a massive lumber spill without any compensation? Shocking.

    Anyhow, I can’t see the need to negotiate with Alberta for royalties on oil piped through BC. . Simply charge those shipping the oil, as Alberta charges those extracting it.

  2. It’s been a fight over Confederation ever since somebody first said, ‘let those eastern bastards freeze in the dark’

    • since somebody first said “British Columbia is a goblet forever drained by the East”, several decades earlier!

      • Well, they called him Wacky for a reason I guess.

        I don’t know why westerners believe those myths…..we have very little interprovincial trade in this country….it goes north and south instead, while east and west has enormous trade barriers.

  3. As soon as someone else wants a say, that means we have to reopen the whole shebang Confederation. Isn’t that what Alberta is asking for when it elects Senators? Complains about have not provinces riding on their coat tails? Electoral distribution? Seems that when Alberta politicians say “the west wants in” they just mean Alberta.

    • Yeah, there is a big difference between electing Senators and inhibiting trade/access to foreign markets

      • One man’s “inhibiting trade/access to foreign markets” is another man’s provincial responsibility to protect crown lands. If the federal government wasn’t fixing the licencing process, maybe B.C. could have some confidence that its interests were being protected and let that process unfold. As it stands, it seems to be a surpise to Ms. Redford that other provinces aren’t as comfortable as she is letting oil companies decide their affairs.

  4. Alberrta’s premier talks about Alberta’s rights to royalty of which we get nothing;zilch. She should pay attention to her own wisdom.

    Our oil going south to the US is discounted by 25% going into the pipe; no win there!

    I have warned them time and again they leave the door open for any jurisdiction to walk in and tax away the billions they leave on the table.