Tell me, why does the Alberta government continue to do this?
I listened to a radio interview on the Keystone pipeline, that when completed will pipe 1.1 million barrels of Alberta oil per day to the U.S. The oil will be processed in refineries along the U.S. gulf coast, mostly in Texas.
The person interviewed was from the refinery association of the U.S. and was commenting how this influx of oil will create 20,000 jobs in the area.
Then you know what will happen — they will sell the gasoline back to us.
I ask, why not build the refineries in Canada, keep the 20,000 jobs here for our children to benefit from rather than give the employment to the U.S.? That way, we can sell them the gasoline they need: they get the gas, we get to keep the jobs in Alberta and Canada.
A few years ago, it was in the news how a refinery has not been built in Canada in the last 25 years. Wouldn’t this be a perfect time to build a refinery in Alberta?
Even have the provincial government build it and run it. And don’t give me that old line of how the government can’t run a refinery, because Norway has a government-run oil company and they do very well with profits.
This has been brought up before to the provincial government not to send this unprocessed oil to the States, only to buy the finished product back, but the government has never acted on it.
Why does our provincial government sell off all our natural resources to the States?