No easy task for ministers to set national energy strategy in Kananaskis

Source: 
Canadian Press
Date published: 
Fri, 2011-07-15

CALGARY - Energy ministers meeting in picturesque Kananaskis, Alta., next week won't be ejoying a typical relaxing mountain getaway.

University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach says it will be an incredible challenge as the federal and provincial politicians try to come up with a coherent national energy strategy.

He says a unified policy would help boost the value Canada gets for its resources, but it will be tough for every province to get what it wants.

John Bennett, executive director of the environmental group Sierra Club Canada, says the whole thrust of the Kananaskis meeting is flawed.

He says it's focused on expanding Canada's oil export markets, when it should be centred on reducing the country's reliance on fossil fuels that cause climate change.

The ministers will take in a Calgary Stampede event and visit an oilsands site near Fort McMurray, Alta., over the weekend, before heading to the idyllic Rocky Mountain retreat for the summit on Monday.


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