Like her or loathe her, B.C. Premier Christy Clark is possibly Canada's most influential energy player.
An Essay from the former president of the Canada West Foundation by Roger Gibbins
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark embodies the tension Canadians feel between energy development and environmental protection. The fate of her political career depends on finding the right balance.
This conclusion stems only in part from B.C.’s vast, if hardly unique, natural gas reserves. Of greater significance is that the most pressing energy challenges we face – access to Asian markets and investment, First Nation participation in rather than opposition to energy projects, strident environmental campaigns against any form of resource development, community deference to the National Energy Board, and public concerns about tanker traffic along B.C.’s iconic coast – are all coming to a boil on Premier Clark’s watch.
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