In a sharp analysis of Canada’s energy sector, CBC producer Kathleen Petty suggests that over-dependence on a single source of economic activity could explain nearly eight years of federal inaction since Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised carbon pollution regulations in October 2006. “Perhaps the delay is prompted by a real fear. Regulations to curb oil sands emissions might curb their growth, but they could also curb the oversized contributions the oil sands are making to the entire Canadian economy,” Petty writes. “But what does it say about the federal government’s job creation record and its stewardship of the national economy? Surely a national economy that is so reliant on one industry in one province isn’t a healthy one.”
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